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What is the difference between a swollen knee and arthritis?

What is the difference between a swollen knee and arthritis?

Swelling from Arthr.: Arthritis often causes varying degrees of swelling within the knee joint. Recurrent swelling is one of the early signs that leads your physician to suspect a diagnosis of arthritis. Not all swollen knees have arthritis, but most knees with arthritis have periods of obvious swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


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What is the difference between gout and arthritis?

What is the difference between gout and arthritis?

One kind: Gout is one of four kinds of arthritis. It is inflammation in a joint caused by crystals. Other kinds of arthritis include degenerative (osteoarthritis), inflammatory (like rheumatoid), and infections (eg, lyme). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprained ankle and tendonitis?

What is the difference between a sprained ankle and tendonitis?

Ligament vs. tendon: Sprains are injuries to ligaments (tissues holding bones to other bones). These are injuries of the joint capsule. Tendonitis is a disorder of tendons (tissues that connect muscles to bone). ...Read more

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What is the difference between arthritus and tendonitus?

What is the difference between arthritus and tendonitus?

Well,: Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints, tendinitis is the inflammation of tendons through which the muscles attach to the bone. Tendons are sliding in a sheet and in case of excessive efforts inflammation can set and the gliding of the tendon in its sheet becomes very painful, the best example is an ankle sprain: a wrong movement, excessive forces and the tendons flare up. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

Knee cap: A bruised kneecap is generally less damaged than one that is fractured. Remember, there is a continuum of energy that can go across the patella, from small to large, thus the spectrum of possible injury. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a twisted ankle and a broken ankle?

What is the main difference between a twisted ankle and a broken ankle?

Ligaments vs Bone: A twisted, or sprained ankle is an injury to one or more of the ligaments that connect the bones of the lower leg and foot. A broken ankle is a fracture of one or more of the bones of the lower leg. One can usually recover from a sprain within a few weeks, while a fracture usually takes about 8-12 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

See below: A strained tendon is just that, it has been stretched passed its normal length. Atorn tendon is an actual tear in the body of the tendon. Symptoms are similiar, swelling pain, instabitlity. Treatments are similar with rest and immobilization and possible surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an arthritic flare-up and gout?

What is the difference between an arthritic flare-up and gout?

Inflammation: "itis" of any kind is a general term for inflammation. Arthritis stands classically for inflammation in a joint. Inflammation can be caused by multiple causes including gout. Gout inflammation is acute and can be recognized by it's severity, the joint it involves etc. It is best to see your doctor as soon as possible if you are concerned about this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a toe fracture and a sprain?

What is the main difference between a toe fracture and a sprain?

Bone vs soft tissue: A toe fracture means one of the bones are broken, a sprain is a tear or strain of the soft tissues such as tendons or ligaments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Rheumatoid arthritis and SLE?

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What is the difference between Rheumatoid arthritis and SLE?

RA vs lupus: They are both autoimmune diseases and they share many common symptoms. Lupus usually presents with a rash and effects one organ at the time, while RA presents with bilateral joint pain. To establish a diagnosis of RA, patient's history evaluation, examination, labs and radiographic imaging findings are used. ...Read more

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What is the difference between tendonitis or osteoarthritis of the elbow?

What is the difference between tendonitis or osteoarthritis of the elbow?

Elbow pain: Tendinitis is pain which arises from tendons, while arthritis pain arises from the joint surfaces. Usually in arthritis, there is some measurable loss of range of motion. X-rays are helpful at differentiating the two. ...Read more

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What is the difference between RA and osteoarthritis?

What is the difference between RA and osteoarthritis?

Very different.: Ra is a destructive, inflammatory, immunological process affecting joints and other body organs. Oa is an insidious, degenerative joint process with less inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the big difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the big difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Wear&tear v inflamma: Think of osteoarthritis (OA) as result of wear & tear that comes w/aging & repetitive injury. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/basics/definition/con-20014749 for more info. Compare that to rheumatoid arthritis which is much less common inflammatory disorder. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/basics/definition/con-20014868 ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Terminology: Great question. Sprains come in various degrees, some, by definition, include a torn ligament. Most sprains are inversion or lateral ankle sprains and the three ligaments here become injured in a particular sequence as the severity of the force on the ankles continues. A simple sprain, or 1st degree sprain, for instance, does not result in a torn ligament. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprained ankle and a twisted ankle?

What is the difference between a sprained ankle and a twisted ankle?

To me the same: The result of both are the same. Twisted ankle use as layman term while sprain use as medical term. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fibroma and osteochondroma?Location is below the knee and looks a lump inside the leg and is painless.What can it be?

What is the difference between a fibroma and osteochondroma?Location is below the knee and looks a lump inside the leg and is painless.What can it be?

Bone vs. soft tissue: Lesion if palpable most likely soft tissue in origin and can be defined on MRI. Osteochondroma is an osseous lesion where fibroma usually soft tissue and can arise from any fibrous tissue site in lower leg such as tendon or fibrous tissue between muscle planes. Bx makes the required dx for treatment ...Read more

Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Knee Swelling (Definition)

Knee swelling can be clasified as intraarticular(inside the knee joint)has possible multiple condtions(artritis, torn meniscus, infection etc)the swelilng can be outside the knee (extraarticular)such as inflation ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A severe illness caused by bacteria named bacillus anthracis. Anthrax disease can result in pneumonia, ...Read more