Texas Pain Network
Millions of Americans suffer from pain caused by arthritis. There are two types of arthritic pain – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The main difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is the cause behind the joint symptoms. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical wear and tear on joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the body’s joints. Our pain management team has the experience and expertise to properly diagnose, treat, and manage pain caused by arthritis.
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Osteoarthritis vs Rheumatoid Arthritis
When it comes to arthritis, there are two different types that patients seek treatment for: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
So, what’s the difference?
Put simply, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that comes predominately from the normal aging process. It occurs when the protective cartilage that serves as a cushion to the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although any joint is technically fair game, it most commonly affects the joints in your hands, knees, neck, lower back and hips.
The pain can be severe and be exacerbated by weather. Other common symptoms include:
- Bumps or bony outgrowths in fingers or toes
- Joint deformity or limping
- Joint stiffness, cracking, swelling or tenderness
Treatment for Osteoarthritis
Conservative treatment includes:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics
- Prescription medication to manage pain and inflammation
- Physical exercise
- Physical therapy
- Weight loss
- Ice packs and menthol rubs
Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
While there’s no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, physiotherapy and medication can help slow the progression of the disease. Most cases can be managed with a class of medications called anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS).