What Causes Osteoarthritis?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of osteoarthritis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow osteoarthritis to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind osteoarthritis consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to osteoarthritis.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Manganese Need
  • Low Estrogens
  • A Weight Problem

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
mild facial burning/tingling
poor concentration during cycle
green tea consumption
hot flashes between period
low HDL cholesterol level
meal-related bloating
having high percentage body fat
being very skinny
short term history of obesity
tonsils/adenoids out before age 20
severe afternoon/evening fatigue
poor milk production
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of osteoarthritis:
Cause Probability Status
A Weight Problem 91% Confirm
Low Estrogens 28% Unlikely
Manganese Need 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate joint problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear / age-related arthritis)? This is not the same as Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ It is suspected
→ Yes, mild in one or two joints
→ Yes, mild in several joints / severe in one or two
→ Yes, severe in several joints / I'm disabled by it
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate suspected osteoarthritis, mild osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis or severe osteoarthritis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Manganese Requirement

Bone cartilage can't grow or repair itself adequately without manganese – an essential part of glucosamine, which is in turn a major joint building block.  When glucosamine is in short supply, various forms of arthritis tend to arise, eventually leading to joint deterioration.

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

Forcing joints to carry more weight than they were designed for often results in premature failure.

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