Is Your Joint Pain Due to Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid
Joint pain and stiffness are the primary symptoms of both osteoarthritis
(OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and many people confuse the
two. But different processes are at work in each disease. OA
is a local degenerative condition resulting from the breakdown
of cartilage and bone in a joint, while RA is a generalized inflammatory
disease that causes swelling around the joints and can damage
other organs such as the heart and lungs. The chart below outlines
the main differences between OA and RA.
If you think you have OA or RA, you should contact your doctor.
The doctor will ask about your medical history, perform a physical
examination, and carry out tests to identify the cause of your