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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between ra and oa?

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Dr. Marcus Roux
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Numerous: RA affects the joint lining or inner joint capsule. RA is an autoimmune disease that commonly had a hereditary component. The synovial proliferation that occurs causes damage to the cartilage. Typically symmetrical affects right and left and multiple joints affected. OA is a wear and tear of the cartilage in a joint. The cartilage thins and more stress seen on bone causing pain
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between RA, OA and gout?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 33 years experience
See below: Is an inflammatory arthritis that usually attacks one joint at a time .This is caused by excessively high uric acid in blood from either producing too much or not excreting it fast enough. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic auto-immune condition that affects many joints of body including hand, feet, knees and elbows. OA is more of a "wear and tear" arthritis: cartilage in joint wears from overuse.
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Last updated Mar 12, 2015

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