Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis
- Past injury to a joint
- Previous surgery to the joint
- History of infection in a joint
- Inherited abnormalities of the joint
- Weakness of muscles around a joint
- Acromegaly (a pituitary disorder)
- Paget’s disease of bone
- Are overweight or obese—risk of osteoporosis increases with increasing body weight
- Work at a job or participate intensely in an athletic pursuit that requires a lot of lifting, squatting, or repetitive joint use
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/03/2014 -
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