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Do you experience pain in your joints? >>

If you experience pain while performing petty routine tasks like climbing stairs, opening jars, bending or leaning down, the first thing that comes to your mind is Arthritis, as it is known to cause similar pain. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are common forms of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis arthritis occurs when the tissue in your joints that cushions the bones starts wearing out. This phenomenon is known as weakening of the cartilage.  When one bone rubs against another it cause a spike of pain. This type of pain starts developing gradually with age.

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the tissues in your joints are attacked by immune system. This leads to stiffness accompanied by pain which can worsen over a period of several weeks or months. Other symptoms may include fever spikes, weakness, joint aches and fatigue.

Commonly, arthritis is known to affect hands. Osteoarthritis often affects the joint closest to the tip of the finger, while rheumatoid arthritis can affect any joint; it generally targets hands, wrists, and feet. Patients often use the term stiffness loosely. Whereas in medical terms “stiffness” relates to a condition within which movement of the affected joint is not as easy as it should. Many people continue to experience stiffness even there is no joint pain.

Mild morning stiffness or stiffness on account of resting the joint for an hour is common in osteoarthritis. Morning stiffness often goes off after a few minutes of activity. Rheumatoid arthritis is known to cause prolonged morning stiffness that just doesn't subside after the patient begins with his routine activities.