RA vs OA

RA vs OA

RA vs OA

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. 

Rheumatoid ArthritisOsteoarthritis
Age at onsetAny, but usually before 50After 40
Joint affectedSmall joints: Hands, feet, neck, wrist, elbow, shoulderWeight bearing joints: Knees, hips, and also hands
Side of the bodyRA is typically bilateralOA is typically 1
Morning Stiffness Resolves60+ minutesWithin a few minutes, improved with movement
Other SymptomsFatigue, depression, occasionally other organ involvementDoes not affect overall health
ManagementLifestyle, RX medications (DMARDS/ Biologics)Lifestyle, OTC medications, weight management, exercise, joint replacement


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