The number one cause of osteoarthritis is the natural aging process. Over time, our bodies dry out and become more brittle. This is especially true of the protective cartilage and synovial fluid that allows for smooth joint motion. These layers can eventually wear down to the point where the bone surfaces of joints are exposed, causing a high degree of friction.
Although almost anyone can develop osteoarthritis, there are some factors that might make one more susceptible to developing osteoarthritis.
- Poor posture or body mechanics
- Being overweight or obese
- Eating an inflammatory diet
- Living a sedentary life
By practicing a healthy lifestyle and avoiding activities that place extra stress on the hips, patients can slow the forces that lead to osteoarthritis.