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What is the difference between RA and osteoarthritis?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Mechanism
RA is an inflammatory arthritis wherein your immune system attacks the cushioning within your joints.
OA is destructive from use.

In brief: Mechanism
RA is an inflammatory arthritis wherein your immune system attacks the cushioning within your joints.
OA is destructive from use.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See below
To be overly simplistic, osteoarthritis is considered to be due to wear and tear damage on joints from mechanical forces and is treated primarily with pain medications, weight loss and exercise, while rheumatoid arthritis is cause by the immune (infection fighting) system becoming confused and attacking the joints instead of infectious agents and is treated by drugs that alter the immune system.

In brief: See below
To be overly simplistic, osteoarthritis is considered to be due to wear and tear damage on joints from mechanical forces and is treated primarily with pain medications, weight loss and exercise, while rheumatoid arthritis is cause by the immune (infection fighting) system becoming confused and attacking the joints instead of infectious agents and is treated by drugs that alter the immune system.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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