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Causes of Osteoarthritis

List of causes of Osteoarthritis

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Osteoarthritis) that could possibly cause Osteoarthritis includes:

More causes:see full list of causes for Osteoarthritis

Common Causes of Osteoarthritis

Following is a list of common causes of Osteoarthritis:

  • Trauma
  • Hereditary factors
  • Infectious etiology could be a possibility

Causes of Osteoarthritis (Diseases Database):

The follow list shows some of the possible medical causes of Osteoarthritis that are listed by the Diseases Database:

Source: Diseases Database

Osteoarthritis Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Osteoarthritis:

Osteoarthritis Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Osteoarthritis: Women 60%. Men and women both get osteoarthritis but men get it earlier....more »

Gender Profile of Osteoarthritis: Both men and women have the disease. Before age 45, more men have it, while after age 45... (Source: excerpt from Handout on Health Osteoarthritis: NIAMS) ...more »

Osteoarthritis: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Osteoarthritis, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Osteoarthritis:

Osteoarthritis: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Osteoarthritis: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Osteoarthritis:

Causes of Broader Categories of Osteoarthritis: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Osteoarthritis as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Osteoarthritis as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Osteoarthritis. Our database lists the following as having Osteoarthritis as a complication of that condition:

Osteoarthritis as a symptom:

Conditions listing Osteoarthritis as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Osteoarthritis. Our database lists the following as having Osteoarthritis as a symptom of that condition:

What causes Osteoarthritis?

Causes: Osteoarthritis: Damage or wear-and-tear on cartilage in the joints. May be sped up by injury, abnormality or other type of arthritis.
Article excerpts about the causes of Osteoarthritis:
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects the cartilage (KAR-til-uj). Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. It also absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement. In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape. Also, bone spurs--small growths called osteophytes--may grow on the edges of the joint. Bits of bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint space. This causes more pain and damage. (Source: excerpt from Handout on Health Osteoarthritis: NIAMS)

Medical news summaries relating to Osteoarthritis:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Osteoarthritis:

Related information on causes of Osteoarthritis:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Osteoarthritis may be found in:


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