|I get this re-occuring question nearly every day–|
What is the difference between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis?
What a great question! I have made this table to help you understand the basic differences.
|Age at onset||Any, but usually before 50||After 40|
|Joint affected||Small joints: Hands, feet, neck, wrist, elbow, shoulder||Weight bearing joints: Knees, hips, and also hands|
|Side of the body||Typically 1 sided||Typically both|
|Morning Stiffness Resolves||60+ minutes||Within a few minutes, improved with movement|
|Other Symptoms||Fatigue, depression, occasionally other organ involvement||Does not affect overall health|
|Management||Lifestyle, RX medications (DMARDS/ Biologics)||Lifestyle, OTC medications, weight management, exercise, joint replacement|
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