What causes degenerative arthritis?

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There are several causes of degenerative arthritis.

Age is the primary cause. Wear and tear as we age will cause the cartilage to deteriorate. Obesity puts a tremendous amount of pressure on a person’s joints and this can contribute to degenerative arthritis. Heredity plays a factor as well. The way our bones are formed, such as being bowlegged, is passed down through the generations. Injury or trauma to the joints can cause degenerative arthritis to develop. Repetitive movements puts undue stress on the joints that can contribute to the condition as well. Weak muscles can cause a joint to break down. Other known causes are rheumatoid arthritis and excess iron.