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Disjointed Characteristics of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful, often debilitating disease that can cause swelling, stiffness and pain of the joints that can limit movement. However, within the millions of cases of arthritis in the U.S., there are many subcategories that are a little bit different.

However, the two main types of the disease are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. While they are often similar in symptoms, it’s important to be able to differentiate between the two so the proper treatment can be given. Here are six key differences between the two…

1. Osteoarthritis is More Common

A post on the U.S. Library of Medicine explains that osteoarthritis is “the most common joint disorder in the United States”. How common? Osteoarthritis of the knee occurs in 10-percent of men and 13-percent of women aged 60-and older, according to the source. This number is only expected to increase as the population ages and obesity increases, it adds.

Meanwhile, other sources note that rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1-percent of the U.S. population, but unlike osteoarthritis, people of any age can get it. While osteoarthritis is slightly more common in women, the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis is up to 3-times more among women compared to men, according to WebMD.

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