Osteoarthrosis/Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Q&A
If opening jars or other items becomes more difficult because of painful hands, or if climbing stairs produces pain in your knees, arthritis is often the first thing that comes to mind. The two most common forms of arthritis—osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis—can cause similar aches and pains, but there are a few key differences between them.
What is Osteoarthrosis/Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain?
Osteoarthritis occurs when the smooth cartilage joint surface wears out. Osteoarthritis usually begins in an isolated joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system malfunctions and attacks the body instead of intruders. In this case, it attacks the synovial membrane that encases and protects the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis often targets several joints at one time.
At Racz Pain Centers, our experienced medical team will do appropriate tests to determine which type of arthritis you have. Then we will develop an effective treatment plan and will explain your options.
What causes Osteoarthrosis/Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting 27 million Americans Osteoarthritis is more commonly occurs later in life, after years of mechanical wear and tear on the cartilage which lines and cushions our joints. Osteoarthritis tends to develop gradually over several years, as the joint cartilage wears away. Eventually the bones of your joints rub against each other.
Rheumatoid arthritis (or RA) affects about one-tenth as many people. Rheumatoid arthritis, which can occur at most any age, is an autoimmune disease. The pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis can develop and worsen over several weeks or a few months. In some cases, joint pain isn't the first sign of rheumatoid arthritis. It may also begin with flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, fever, weakness, and minor joint aches.
How do you treat Osteoarthrosis/Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis treatment: Treatment varies from one person to the next. Osteoarthritis is not reversible, but the symptoms can be managed. Dr. Racz will work with you to determine the best treatment for you which may include physical therapy, pain medication, application of heat/ice, weight loss and/or surgery.
Rheumatoid arthritis treatment: treatment includes medicine, exercise, and lifestyle changes, which must continue throughout life. Finding treatment early can control the condition and prevent it from worsening.