Osteo / Rheumatoid Arthritis
Osteoarthritis occurs when the smooth cartilage joint surface wears out. Osteoarthritis usually begins in an isolated joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, Their differences begin with what causes them. Osteoarthritis is multifactorial. It more commonly occurs later in life, after years of mechanical wear and tear on the cartilage which lines and cushions your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, which can occur at most any age, is an autoimmune disease. That is, your body’s immune system attacks your joints.
Here are other important things to know about the key differences between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.