Clinical Education Center
Is it Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Description: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the US, affecting 14% of adults over age 25. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune disease affecting 1% of the population. Many symptoms overlap, including pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. These similarities can cause difficulty when differentiating the diseases, but new biomarkers can help. Today, an aggressive treatment approach is advocated for RA, with prescription therapeutics within three months of diagnosis to reduce disease activity and prevent joint deformity.