Your bones support your body and allow you to move around. They also protect your heart, brain and other organs from injury. The human bone store minerals like phosphorous and calcium, which keeps your bones strong. If you're an athlete or constantly having accidents that fracture your bones, then you are putting stress on your on them. Your body breaks down old bone every day and replace it with new bone. As you get older, your body will break down more bone than it replaces. It is hard for your bone to snap back after all these injuries. This can lead to your bones becoming weak and developing arthritis. What Are The Effects of Damaging The Inside Of Your Bone? Injuries can occur at any time. You can twist an ankle or sprain a knee. However, it can become a problem if you continue to damage your bone. One of the effects of damaging the inside of your bone is developing arthritis. Damaging your joints greatly increased your chances of developing this condition. There are different types of arthritis. With this type of injury, you are more likely to develop osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that surrounds your bones becomes thin over time. This condition can affect any joint in your body. However, it most often affects your spine, hips, knees and hands. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease, which means your body releases enzymes. These enzymes attack your healthy tissues. This condition affects your ankles, feet, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, thumbs and fingers. How's It Caused? Multiple injuries can cause you to lose bone density. If you tear a ligament or break a bone, then you could eventually develop arthritis. Arthritis leads to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs in joints that are repeatedly overused. The overuse comes from constantly performing a certain task, playing a sport or carrying around excess body weight. It eventually wears away or thins your cartilage, which provide cushion to your bones. This results in your bones rubbing together and creating a grating sensation. RA destroys the linings of your joints. This results in reduced movement, stiffness, malformation, swelling and pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can overall decrease normal body function. How's It Treated? The progression of arthritis is slowed by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising. It helps to be conscious of the stress you put on your joints. This factor plays a role in how soon you would develop arthritis. Osteoarthritis is treated using pain control, therapy and exercise. There's no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. However, you can control symptoms with pain medication, physical therapy and surgery. Most people do not notice any change in their body until something breaks. If you are concerned about bone health, then you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. He or she can schedule you for a bone density test, which measures the strength of your bones.