Arthritis is a malady which affects the joints. Inflammation can occur in one or more joints and causes joint pain. The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis. While this form of arthritis can affect all of the joints in the body, it is most prominently found in the hands, feet, knees and back. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear on the joints. The elderly, athletes and those who work in areas where their joints are consistently under stress are known to suffer in greater numbers from this type of arthritis. This type of arthritis is due to constant wear on the joints. Pain medication along with physical therapy can prove to be the most effective treatment for this disease. It should be noted that physical therapy must be strictly adhered to and administered by a trained professional otherwise more harm can be done to the patient by further stressing affected joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a systemic disease where the immune system attacks the tissue of a specific part of body. In the case of the rheumatoid arthritis the immune system destroys the tissue at the joints of different parts of the body. A symmetrical disease, this type of arthritis attacks equally on both sides of the body. The cause of the onset of this particular type of arthritis is unknown. There is a genetic marker which some people who have the disease carry. However, not all people who suffer from this disease test show genetically positive for the marker. And, not all people who test positive suffer from the disease. It must be noted that for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and test genetically positive the disease proves much harder to control.
Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis can include biologic drugs which suppress the immune system, pain killers, anti-inflammatory medications and a host of other medications and cocktails of these medications. A systematic treatment procedure is created for each patient, as the disease does not seem to follow a particular way of attack. A regular exercise program, carefully monitored by a doctor or therapist and or Physical therapy is vital for the patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
For other types of arthritis, treatment begins slowly and deliberately. Each one will respond to treatment where medicinal or therapeutic in different antithetic ways and at different speeds. It is important for a patient not to get discouraged, as it is different for each person and it may take a bit of time.
We have given you the basic difference between osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and how they differ in their treatment.
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