Globally, millions of people suffer from osteoarthritis, making it the most prevalent form of arthritis. Frequently called “wear and tear arthritis,” osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage within the joints deteriorates. Although there is no cure available for this orthopedic condition, you can visit an orthopedic doctor to explore your treatment options and learn how to maintain your active lifestyle.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
Although some risk factors for osteoarthritis can be changed with healthier lifestyle decisions, certain risk factors are uncontrollable. The most significant risk factor for this orthopedic condition is your age. When you’re younger, your cartilage becomes even stronger and thicker as you use it. Unfortunately, as you grow older, this no longer occurs. Osteoarthritis is most common among those over 60 years of age. Other uncontrollable risk factors include your gender. Women are at a higher risk, possibly due to hormone changes with menopause. Having a family history of osteoarthritis also places you at a higher risk of developing it.
Orthopedic researchers have found that those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, Paget’s disease of the bone, gout, and hypothyroidism are more likely to be diagnosed with osteoarthritis. It’s also possible to have an increased risk of osteoarthritis due to defective cartilage or malformed joints, which may be present at birth. Additionally, you could be at a higher risk if you’ve previously suffered sports injuries or other orthopedic injuries.
You may be able to lower your risk of osteoarthritis by making healthy lifestyle choices. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk because your joints won’t be under as much stress. If you currently have a physically demanding job that places excessive stress on your joints, you might consider working with an orthopedic doctor to learn about ergonomic improvements you could make in the workplace.
For osteoarthritis solutions, residents of Queens, Forest Hills, and beyond can turn to the trusted orthopedic specialists of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our NYC office has more than two decades of experience in helping orthopedic patients get back on their feet. Give us a call at (718) 897-2228 to schedule an appointment .