Osteoarthritis- diagnosis

How is osteoarthritis diagnosed? Osteoarthritis is diagnosed with a combination of medical history, physical exam, xrays, labs, and possibly other tests. Medical history There are several “clues” a physician looks for in differentiating osteoarthritis from other types of arthritis. For example, in osteoarthritis, the pain usually comes on over time, it is worse at night […]

Osteoarthritis- The most common type of arthritis

What is osteoarthritis? Of the 100-or-so types of arthritis that can affect us, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type. OA is caused by “wear and tear” on the joints over time. Much like the tires on a car, the cartilage between joints, which provides cushioning to the joint, wears down over time and with […]

How do I know if I have Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are both forms of arthritis, and can cause joint tenderness and deformity. This is where their similarity stops, as they are actually very different diseases. Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is a form of mechanical arthritis. It is caused by wear and tear of the cartilage and joint, much like the tires of a car. The […]