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Is osteoarthritis the same as arthritis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Osteoarthritis is only one kind of arthritis. Arthritis is the broad name given to any inflammatory joint disease. Rheumatoid arthritis and some other forms of arthritis are not diseases as associated with aging, but rather auto-immune disorders, in which antibodies attack your cartilage, which is what triggers that inflammation and joint pain.
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