What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

what is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

There are over 150 types of arthritis which are treated in different ways so make sure you get properly diagnosed.

What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis seems to be a commonly asked question. There are over 150 different types of arthritis as arthritis is simply the medical term for inflamed joint.

What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is well explained by this newspaper article in Surf Coast Times. It also explain fibromyalgia as these three forms of arthritis are the most common.

You can read the article here:

http://www.surfcoasttimes.com.au/lifestyle/healthyliving/2012/04/26/physiotherapy-and-education-to-treat-arthritis/#.T5o8i7MnySo

Why Is It Important To Know What is the Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

It also explains that most types of arthritis cannot be cured but can often be well managed with some effort by the sufferer. Although the is a fundamental difference of rheumatoid arthritis being an inflammatory disease while  osteoarthritis is non-inflammatory means some parts of treatments is different.

However one part that stays the same is using physical therapy. Almost every type of arthritis will be helped by doing physical therapy, including some type of hands on work such as massage, TENS, intereferential and click here to read more about why massage helps. Also a sensible program of exercises should be followed on a regular basis to help keep the affected joints supple and strong. If you have rheumatoid arthritis is is important to know when to do the exercises, especially if you are having a flare up. With osteoarthritis you won’t have flare ups so need to get yourself in a routine. Please click here for more information on exercises for osteoarthritis

You must educate yourself and learn various treatment options, not simply relying on drugs which often have terrible side effects. You can learn about all the therapies they suggest (except hydrotherapy but this has very similar effects as land based exercises. rheumatoid patients are better in water due to the inflammatory nature of their condition with osteoarthritis most studies say there is little difference in outcome) by signing up for my free course here.

As different types of arthritis are treated differently it is important to know what is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Make sure you get correctly diagnosed by a healthcare professional but you can learn common symptoms of osteoarthritis here.

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