Osteoarthritis is called wear-and-tear arthritis because it is a result of using joints every day. The older a person gets, the greater the wear-and-tear. Some risk factors of osteoarthritis include hereditary, age, gender, diet, and lifestyle factors. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, however you can manage symptoms and reduce risk factors. If you do develop osteoarthritis, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to slow the course of the disease.