Arthritis vs Osteoarthritis Arthritis is inflammation of differences between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Arthritis is inflammation of joints.
Arthritis is a blanket term which includes all types of arthritis like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, and gout. Osteoarthritis is a very common joint condition. Women are more prone to symptomatic osteoarthritis than men. Females get it three times more commonly than males. It usually sets in around 50 years of age. Osteoarthritis occurs due to wear and tear. Joint injuries and diseases like hemochromatosis give rise to secondary osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis usually starts with a single joint. There is pain on movement. The pain becomes worse in the evenings. There is a dull aching pain while the joint is at rest and a sharp pain on movement. The range of motion is limited, and there is joint tenderness. Joints become stiff in the morning and become more mobile with movement.