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What is osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
22 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
They are different: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease that attacks the soft tissue and cartilage in the body's joints. It responds well to specialized, autoimmune meds but can require surgery. Osteoarthritis is a mechanical wearing away of the cartilage. It is not systemic disorder. It can respond well to the more commonly known anti-inflammatory meds. It too may require surgery.
Answered on Nov 12, 2019
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