Causes & Risk Factors
Erosion of cartilage in the joints is a common cause of arthritis. This erosion of cartilage could be due to a variety of factors that include:
1. Age: Ageing can cause brittleness to cartilage with lesser ability to repair itself; therefore as people grow older they are more likely to develop arthritis. However, it is important to note that arthritis can develop at any age.
2. Weight: Obesity can affect the load bearing joints by wearing them out and causing damage. The joints affected include hips, knees and lower back.
Article by Kona Vishnu, MS
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