Osteoarthritis caused by joint damage typically catches up with people around middle age, but it can strike at any age, even in young adults.17

Risk factors that can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis include:16,17

  • Obesity
  • Repetitive stress from sports or certain occupations
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Joint injury

Learn more about osteoarthritis symptoms and diagnosis.

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Even healthy, young, athletic people may develop osteoarthritis.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?