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Rheumatoid Arthritis vs Osteoarthritis, What's the Difference?

Posted by Quinton Stevens on Feb 7, 2017 5:00:00 AM



Many people have run across rheumatoid arthritis in their lifetime, from developing the disease, having a loved one or friend who develops it, or simply hearing an advertisement on television for some new medication designed to treat it. But many people do not fully understand what distinguishes RA from normal arthritis, and why that distinction makes RA arguably much worse than that of the more common and often age-related Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the variation that most often affects the elderly, though it is not confined to this role, and it is the damage resulting from cartilage in between bones wearing out and being ground away leaving bone-on-bone contact uninhibited by any form of cushioning. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease, one that can affect anyone but typically affects women and is not as confined by age.

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