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What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Aging vs. Attacking: Osteoarthritis is often referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis that develops as we age. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks and destroys its own joints. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...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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What is the main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: Rheumatoid arthritis is a destructive, inflammatory arthritis that is caused by the production of antibodies in your body that attacks the joint lining called the synovium. Osteoarthritis is not an autoimmune condition and is generally thought to be a condition in which degeneration of a joint outstrips its ability to heal itself. There is also inflammation. Osteoarthritis is generally less severe. ...Read more

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What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?

RA vs Osteoarthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is a collagen vascular disorder caused by a patient's immune system. These patients are often managed by a rheumatologist. It results in destruction of the joint. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of a joint usually over time from such causes as obesity or a long time injury. It may also be without cause. ...Read more

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What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis?

What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis?

Overuse / Immune sys: Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by one's immune system attacking the joint cartilage, so usually in multiple joints at once. Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis is from traumatic overuse. Actual overuse by repetitive normal motions is unusual. A knee joint will run thousands of miles over 70 years if the knee is never "twisted" injured. Not using a joint enough leads to osteoarthritis! ...Read more

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What is the difference between RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and oa (osteoarthritis)?

What is the difference between RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and oa (osteoarthritis)?

Too many to mention: Ra is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of large and small joints in all extremities. Oa is more of a wear and tear type of arthritis. There are numerous other differences. ...Read more

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What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis. Their treatments?

Many differences: Rheumatoid arthritis typicall affects small joints of the hands and feet, is much more painful and causes stiffness of the joints. Degenerative joint disease, also called osteoarthritis is disease of the weight bearing joints like knees and hips and causes low to moderate degree of pain and it often occurs after 50 yrs of age. ...Read more

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What's the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gouty arthritis?

Different causes: Gouty arthritis- due to an increase of uric acid production or underexcretion. Typically affects big toe joints, as well as the mid foot, ankle, knees, wrist. Diagnosis confirmed by uric aicd crytals in the joint. Presents itself by painful acute episodes, typically at night. Osteo- bone on bone- which cause inflammation in and around the joint. Ra- chronic persistent pain, . ...Read more

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Which is the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gouty arthritis?

Which is the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gouty arthritis?

Many...: Ra affects everything in the body by chronic inflammation, joint stiffness, related diseases. It may cause severe deformity and contracture of the toes and fingers. Gout can cause joint pain acutely and gradually create enough joint changes to produce chronic pain as well. Kidney function is what is treated as the root cause of gout. Osteoarthritis is mainly the wear and tear process in joints. ...Read more

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What are the differences between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis?

Wear and tear: Osteoarthritis is wear and tear on joints causing mechanical damage, especially to cartilage. There is bony overgrowth and ultimately joints become bone on bone. This is extremely painful and often requires joint replacement surgery. Pain of OA has an inflammatory component that responds to NSAIDs. RA is the opposite.Autoimmune inflammation causes the synovial tissue to eat into cartilage and bone ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And ...Read more


Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more