Arthritis is described as swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The symptoms that accompany arthritis are joint pain and stiffness that typically will worsen over time and with age.
Rheumatoid arthritis is considered to be a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect many aspects of the body including your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered to be an autoimmune disorder which occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues including the joints, which causes the joint linings to swell and become painful.
Osteoarthritis is best described as the wearing down of the protective tissue (cartilage) that is found at the ends of the bones. This occurs gradually and worsens over time, causing joint pain in the hands, neck, lower back, knees and/ or sometimes hips.