what is osteoarthritis

November 26, 2010 2:10am CST
hello my mother is diagonised with osteoarthritis. what exactl is it? what is difference between it and rheumatoid arthritis?
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@amirev777 (2552)
• India
26 Nov 10
Hi Virashri_v Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 12 percent of the population. It wears away the cartilage, the tissue in the joints to prevent the bones from rubbing together. As the cartilage wears away it causes both pain and stiffness in the joint. Osteoarthritis most often occurs in the spine, hips, knees and hands. The degree of seriousness ranges from mild to debilitating, making each patient unique. While there is no way to cure osteoarthritis, there are ways to make living with the disease more manageable as well as methods to prevent getting the disease in the first place. While your doctor may prescribe you medication, there are measures you can take yourself. There is no better way to make life with osteoarthritis more manageable than staying in shape. Being overweight puts more stress on your already painful joints. Eating a healthier diet and regular exercise will help you attain your ideal weight. Reduce sugar and processed foods. Consult your doctor on how to safely and effectively reach your goal. Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder, causing your immune system to attack the joints, causing a painful inflammation. Unlike other forms of arthritis like osteoarthritis, RA also attacks the organs like the heart, eyes and lungs. Of the 100+ forms of arthritis, this is one of the most debilitating varieties.The cause of RA is unknown, but a popular theory points to the disease being infectious as those who have close friends or family with the disorder are more likely to develop it themselves. Susceptibility to the disease may also be an inherited trait as well.