What is the main cause of osteoarthritis?
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Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. This is the most common type of arthritis, resulting from cartilage degradation between bones. The disintegration of cartilage leads to stiffness, pain, and a reduced range of motion. While the disorder is common, its origin remains unclear. Nevertheless, several factors have been associated with its onset, including genetics, aging, injuries, and obesity.

Genetics plays a significant role in the development of osteoarthritis. Studies have shown that specific genes produce the enzymes that break down cartilage, making individuals more susceptible to developing the condition. People with a family history of osteoarthritis are more likely to develop the disease than those without.

Age is another significant factor in the development of osteoarthritis. As we age, the cartilage in our joints becomes thinner, making it more susceptible to wear and tear. It can lead to the breakdown of cartilage and the development of osteoarthritis. The risk of developing the condition increases significantly after the age of 45.

Injury is another factor that can lead to osteoarthritis. A joint injury, such as a fracture or ligament tear, can damage the cartilage and lead to its breakdown. It can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life. Athletes and people participating in high-impact sports are at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis due to repeated joint injuries.

Obesity is another significant risk factor for osteoarthritis. The extra weight stresses the joints, leading to faster wear and tear on the cartilage. It can lead to the development of osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, and spine.

One of the treatments that can benefit patients with osteoarthritis is ANF Therapy®️. This therapy is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological, holistic pain management and rehabilitation approach. By placing ANF Devices on specific body areas, ANF Therapy®️ can stimulate the body’s healing process, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. This can reduce pain and stiffness in the affected joints, improving mobility and quality of life. ANF Therapy®️ can be used with other treatments, such as physiotherapy, to help manage osteoarthritis symptoms and promote healing. Overall, ANF Therapy®️ can be a valuable tool in the management of osteoarthritis and can improve patient outcomes.