What is the Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

MBST to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

According to leading charity, Versus Arthritis, more than 10 million people in the UK have arthritis. However, despite how common it is, there’s still some confusion about what it actually is. For example, did you know that there are different types of the disease?

Two of the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While they share some common symptoms like joint pain, the causes and treatments can be significantly different.

Here, we’ll clear up the confusion and explore the distinctions between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is often called the “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time.

Although OA can damage any joint, it most commonly affects the joints in your hands, knees, hips, and spine. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and swelling.

It’s primarily related to ageing and injury, affecting millions of people worldwide. Risk factors include age, obesity, previous joint injuries, and repetitive use of specific joints.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder. This means the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues that affect the lining of the joints. This can lead to painful swelling, bone erosion, and joint deformity.

This type of arthritis doesn’t just damage joints; it can also affect other organs in the body. Its symptoms include tender, warm, swollen joints, morning stiffness that may last for hours, and fatigue.

RA is more common in women than men and usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. Its cause isn’t fully understood but is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as smoking and infections.

Treating Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis with MBST

Managing arthritis, whether osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, typically involves a combination of treatments to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Recently, Magnetic Resonance Therapy (MBST) has emerged as a promising option for both conditions.

MBST therapy uses magnetic fields to target cells responsible for the growth and repair of bone and cartilage tissue. The aim is to stimulate these cells to increase activity and promote healing within the affected joints.

For osteoarthritis, MBST focuses on regenerating cartilage and reducing pain and stiffness. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, the therapy aims to decrease inflammation and slow down the disease’s progression, potentially reducing the need for medication and improving overall joint function.

While MBST is an innovative approach to arthritis treatment, it’s typically used in conjunction with traditional therapies like medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. In some cases, surgical intervention in the form of a robotic joint replacement may be required to address cartilage degeneration results from knee osteoarthritis. Arrange a consultation with Mr Jonathan Webb to discuss your options.