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Risk Factor - Age

Risk Factor - Age

The older we get the more likely it becomes that we will develop knee osteoarthritis.  Men are more likely to develop osteoarthritis before the age of 45, and it occurs more frequently in females after the age of 55.

Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage.  It is known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis because it often takes years for the cartilage to erode.  Most people over the age of 60 have some degree of osteoarthritis but the severity of symptoms varies.

Age is a primary risk factor for knee osteoarthritis.  Symptoms usually start appearing during a person’s middle age.