THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OSTEOARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.
Osteoarthritis is linked to wear and tear, and also degeneration. Although mainly affecting those who are older, it can occur earlier in some individuals who are active.
Symptoms: Pain upon movement that progressively gets worse with any kind of movement done, without weights. At a later stage, swelling caused by inflammation or stiffness may last for an hour or two. Most of the time, it happens in the morning after waking up but persists only for a short while; taking a short walk can help relieve the swelling.
Rheumatoid arthritis can happen at any age, affecting even teenagers. It’s a systemic problem – your joints are attacked by your own immune cells, elevating it to more than just a joint-related issue.
Symptoms: You will mainly experience stiffness and swelling, which can last for up to six or seven hours, and feel pain even without any movement.