A general term for conditions that cause (swelling) of the and surrounding . Some forms of arthritis may occur simultaneously with and Paget’s disease.
Arthritis is a general term for conditions that affect the and surrounding . Joints are places in the body where come together, such as the , , , toes, and hips. The two most common types of arthritis are and .
(OA) is a painful, degenerative disease that often involves the hips, , , lower back, or small of the . OA usually develops in joints that are injured by repeated overuse from performing a particular task or playing a favorite sport or from carrying around excess body weight.
Eventually this injury or repeated impact thins or wears away the that cushions the ends of the in the . As a result, the bones rub together, causing a grating sensation. Joint flexibility is reduced, develop, and the joint swells. Usually, the first symptom of OA is pain that worsens following or immobility.
usually includes analgesics, creams, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (known as NSAIDs); appropriate exercises or physical ; splinting; or joint replacement surgery for seriously damaged larger , such as the or hip.
(RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that usually involves various in the , , , elbows, , , feet, and . An is one in which the body releases that its own healthy . In RA, these enzymes destroy the linings of joints. This causes pain, swelling, stiffness, malformation, and reduced movement and function.
Although and are two very different medical conditions with little in common, the similarity of their names causes great confusion. These conditions develop differently, have different symptoms, are diagnosed differently, and are treated differently.