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

But osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that can strike people at any age, even in their twenties.18

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

  • 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, athletic people may develop osteoarthritis.

What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis?