What Is the Difference Between Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis?

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I get that question a lot that, what is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and regular arthritis? Actually there are over 100 different types of arthritis. The most common type though is osteoarthritis. It affects 27 million Americans. That's wear and tear arthritis, kind of like grey hair, it comes on with age because with use we just wear out our joints, and usually it doesn't become symptomatic until you're chronologically gifted which unfortunately is the fourth decade of life.

So usually around 40 years of age we get a little stiffness and ache and pain, that's usually osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is systemic inflammatory disease. Actually some people wake up and every joint in their body is swollen and they can't move. In that case they have much longer periods of morning stiffness, and it's a much more significant disease, and it even affects 300,000 children in the United States of America.