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What Is Osteoarthritis And Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Hey guys, hope you are doing well. 

On 12th October we celebrated World Arthritis Day. On this occasion, I will share some information with you about arthritis.

Most of the people confused between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as Orthopedic and Rheumatologist doctors. 

Proper diagnosis is the key to better treatment. So, we need to choose our doctor wisely.

In osteoarthritis, space between joints is reduced. Whereas in rheumatoid there is synovial inflammation. 

Most probably hips and knees are involved in osteoarthritis. It’s a degenerative process, hence it occurs mostly after the age of 45-50. Bones and joints are painful. In some cases, Heberden’s nodes are present in small joints. In the blood investigation, ESR is normal, Anti CCP is negative.  An X-Ray can show osteoarthritis. Exercise is the best remedy for osteoarthritis. Quadricep strengthening exercises are most recommended. And for pain, you can take Paracetamol if needed. In severe cases, doctors suggest knee replacement.

In Rheumatoid Arthritis small joints are mostly involved at the initial stage. Pain, swelling and early morning stiffness are the main symptoms of it. No specific age boundary for it, it can happen at a very young age too. Anti-CCP is positive, ESR and CRP found to be high in blood investigation. It is treated with disease-modifying drugs along with NSAID (nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drug). Exercise plays a major role to get relief from rheumatoid arthritis. No, any diet restriction is needed. 

Proper guidance, proper treatment, and a good amount of exercise help to overcome any situation.

Loads of love. Stay healthy, stay safe.

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