Arthritis – Causes

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Arthritis Causes

By: Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist


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Causes: While all forms of arthritis are caused by cartilage being damaged and broken down, the manner in which they are broken down determines what kind of arthritis is in effect. Click here to read about how osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ, and what symptoms to look for in each.

According to the Arthritis Information Sheet, Osteoarthritis (OA), also called osteoarthroses or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. OA is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. Cartilage is the part of the joint that cushions the ends of the bones and allows easy movement of joints. The breakdown of cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint.  Some possible causes are:

o Heredity
o Overweight
o Joint injury
o Repeated overuse of certain joints
o Lack of physical activity
o Nerve injury
o Aging or Advanced Age


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