There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis and related diseases. The most common types include osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In the early stage of arthritis symptoms, it is not unusual to confuse the two. Both types of arthritis are chronic and non-curable and cause joint pain; however, they are separate conditions with different causes and treatments.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that produces inflammation to the joints as opposed to Osteoarthrosis which is caused by wear and tear on the joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms have a rapid onset where the condition can worsen in a matter weeks. These symptoms affect the joints all over the body including fingers, hand, hips, elbows and knees. With RA, both sides of the body are affected similarly and RA always affects multiple joints. Symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss, fever and loss of appetite often accompany RA's development.
Osteoarthritis joint pain and stiffness usually affect hands, fingers, knees and morning stiffness generally lasts fewer than 30 minutes.
Treatments for OA and RA
Neither form of arthritis has any known cure. The objective of treatment for both types of arthritis is to reduce pain, manage symptoms, and prevent further destruction to the joints.
At Restorasis Integrative & Functional Medicine, we perform extensive laboratory and diagnostic testing to begin relieving your symptoms and discovering the root cause of your arthritis pain.
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