Weight plays a key role in increasing your risk for osteoarthritis. Excess weight places extra stress on weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and hips. Stress makes it more likely that cartilage damage will occur. There is also an increase in osteoarthritis in the wrist and hands of older women who are overweight. The cause of this remains unknown.
Over time we may take for granted the freedom to walk up a flight of stairs. The biggest adjustment for the patient is usually this loss movement. Learn how to adjust to life with arthritis.
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