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.
Many of us think of arthritis as a condition that causes old people to rub their hands together and predict changes in the weather. That's not entirely the case. Who else suffers from pain in the joints?
Mom always said, "Don't crack your knuckles! You'll get arthritis!" It's time to separate fact from fiction once and for all, and find out if Mom was right.