Difference Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is one of those conditions that all of us are aware of but very few of us give consideration to or appreciate just how it can affect the day-to-day tasks of those affected by it. It is reported that nearly 9,000,000 people in the UK alone suffer from one form or other of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Both cause varying degrees of problems from minor hand dexterity in problems such as opening bottles and jars or operating items such as twist taps through to more disabling conditions that can affect mobility.

OsteoarthritisDifferences Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

This is a disease that affects the joints mostly affecting cartridge and mainly affecting older people but can also affect the younger generation and even children with the condition often bought on by simply getting older, being excessively overweight, stresses and damage caused by accidents or playing some more vigorous sports.

Osteoarthritis and its painful conditions can be treated to help reduce its conditions by pain control, exercise to help improve joint function as well as weight control and in some severe cases surgery.


Arthritis is a more common condition that causes pain and inflammation of the joints and mainly develops in people over the age of 50 but as with osteoarthritis it can also affect the younger generation. The symptoms of arthritis tend to much more gradually than those of rheumatoid arthritis.

These are the basic differences between osteoarthritis and arthritis, for greater information we suggest you click on the information image (infographic) shown right to discover more as well as to discover treatment details for both conditions.

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