|Rheumatoid Arthritis (Inflammatory Arthritis)||
Osteoarthritis (Non-inflammatory Arthritis)
|Cause||What triggers rheumatoid arthritis is not known but hormones and genetics are known to contribute to this autoimmune condition.||This is a degenerative joint disorder caused due to the wearing of the cartilage that cushions the joints. Aging, obesity, injuries and chronic damage can also contribute to this condition.|
|Symptoms||Excessive weakness and fatigue along with muscle aches.||Stiffness, swelling and limited range of motion in joints particularly in the hips, lower back and knees.|
|Diagnosis||Since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, doctors need to conduct blood tests to assess the association of antibodies with RA.||Magnetic resonance imaging technology and X-rays are used to examine the condition of the cartilage for an accurate diagnosis.|
|Area Affected||Rheumatoid arthritis typically affects fingers and hands but can also cause fatigue and adversely impact other working parts of the body.||Osteoarthritis is degenerative in nature and its impact is limited to the joints including the hands, spine, hips, and knees.|
|Treatment||Rheumatoid arthritis is treated using physical therapy, NSAIDs, and corticosteroids.||The treatment for osteoarthritis revolves around relieving pain and improving mobility and muscle strength. Pain relieving medications are used to alleviate mild flare-ups and in advanced stages, a joint replacement surgery may be recommended.|
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