Causes of Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain

What are the causes of joint pain?

Obesity

Well you hear the term ‘obesity’ thrown around a lot these days. It’s becoming an epidemic, our population is getting fatter, and we are becoming more of a burden on the health system. We all know the main problems that associate with obesity, but it has a major effect on our joint health as well. As mentioned in an earlier post, cartilage degeneration occurs joints that are under a lot of strain. The heavier you are, the more strain your joints will be under. The more strain your joints are under, the more cartilage problems you are likely to have. Obesity does greatly enhance your chance of osteoarthritis, and joint pain.

Hereditary

Hereditary is also a factor in the likelihood of joint pain. Some people have a defect in one of the genes responsible for cartilage formation. People born with joint abnormalities are more likely to have osteoarthritis, especially those with spine abnormalities such as scoliosis.

Injuries

Injuries also increase the risk of osteoartritis. Athletes who have knee injuries may be at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee.

Joint Overuse

Joint overuse is another common cause of osteoarthritis. Repetition may lead to abnormal levels of strain on a joint, and thus cartilage degeneration. This can come from playing a certain sport for a long time, or simply performing movements int he workplace that put strain on certain joints.