Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by continuous wear and tear on the joints. Based on data1 from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 2010 – 2012, an estimated:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the joints. RA is a systemic inflammatory disease that manifests itself in multiple joints in the body. This inflammation usually affects the lining of the joints (synovial membrane), but can also affect other organs. This inflamed joint lining leads to erosions of the cartilage and bone and sometimes causes joint deformity. A physician diagnoses RA using information from physical examination (signs and symptoms), blood tests, and X-rays. Ideally, the disease is diagnosed early – within 6 months of symptom onset so that treatment that slows or stops disease progression can begin. Early diagnosis is challenging because the symptoms of early RA can be non-specific (that is, they can be similar to those for many other diseases). RA affects approximately 1.3 million people in the US.
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