About Rheumatoid Arthritis Vs Osteoarthritis

Arthritis-constitutes one of the names of a series of diseases that cause inflammation, increase (swelling) and the pain. The pain of the joints is associated with arthritis, usually is accompanied by the swelling around the joint and changes the aspect of the joint.

Symptoms of arthritis have its types; for example there are many types of arthritis. Each of them has its own characteristics that distinguish it from others. The most common is osteoarthritis. There are several types of inflammatory arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis, gout and infectious arthritis.

About rheumatoid arthritis vs osteoarthritis

Gout is a disease associated with metabolic disorders, often hereditary, and 9-10 times more frequent in men than in women. Gout attacks usually only on one joint often on the knees and elbows.

Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory arthritis. These usually begins slowly, over the months or the years. Most commonly affects on the joints of the knees, hips and the clappers of your hand as I have mentioned above.

arthritis question for an MD?
Is there a website that will tell me the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis? I know I have osteoarthritis in my lower back and hips, but can a person have osteoarthritis in their hands also? I have some awful pains in both thumbs. Not carpal tunnel syndrome, I've had surgery for that.

  • Osteoarthritis of the hands is common. http://arthritis.about.com/od/handandfingers/a/osteoarthritis.htm Here's a quiz about osteo vs. rheumatoid: http://arthritis.about.com/library/quiz/blquizraoa.htm Another site about the difference: http://www.ra.com/ra/rastore/cgi-bin/ProdSubEV_Cat_200156_NavRoot_303.htm Sites about arthritis: http://www.arthritis.org/index.php http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/arthritis.html http://arthritis.webmd.com/default.htm

  • call the doctor who diagnosed the osteoarthritis and direct your questions to him/her.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheumatoid_arthritis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteoarthritis

  • You need to ask YOUR doctor about YOUR problems…don't trust the stuff you read on the Internet…please~!! And, Blessings to you and your medical problems… I know it is very painful…

  • Try this website: I have the same problems.


  • Osteoarthritis may be caused by various factors, including abrasion arthroplasty. This occurs over the time. In the older people, the joints “are out" due to a permanent, long-term friction. Osteoarthritis is very typical in the elderly people. Rheumatoid arthritis is due to disruptions in the body is immune system. But the reason still isn’t discovered.

    About rheumatoid arthritis vs osteoarthritis

    The symptoms of arthritis (osteoarthritis) may include swelling and evolution of the structure of the joint. This can cause damage, pain and loss of joint function. Gout is characterized by an acute joint pain. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include swelling, redness, loss, and pain of function, as well as injury to the joint.

    In some cases, especially in acute and significant development of the seriousness of arthritis, it may go hand in hand with the symptoms as: fever, leucocytes, and general unease.

    The symptoms of arthritis mainly occur especially in the interior  mainly in the joint. The pathological process may spread to other structures of the joint: cartilage, bone epiphyses forming the joint, joint capsule, as well as periarticular tissues-ligaments, tendons and bags. There are several types of arthritis: monoartrit, two or three joints (oligoarthritis), and many joints (polyarthritis).

    To support the joints and to enhance their condition, you can then use various devices, tires, harnesses, armbands, heel, and support for the arch which can reduce the load on the joints and relieve pain.

    Exercise the joints. Physical activity (moderate, of course), reduces pain and makes joints more flexible and improves overall health. The number and nature of load depends on what the joints are inflamed, and of course the extent of the disease. Talk to your doctor about the exercise types.

    Try to reduce stress relax, to hear the pleasant music. Exercise is also very helpful to handle the stress. If you suffer from excessive weight, you need to lose weight. Being overweight can cause pain in the knees and joints of the pelvis. Avoid alcoholic beverages and foods rich with the animal fats and proteins.

    Causes of osteoarthritis are many, including the natural wear of joints. Taking care of your body weight control, regular exercise, avoiding stress and injury can delay the onset of osteoarthritis. Losing even a few extra pounds can substantially reduce the load on the joints.