Two common problems experienced as one ages are osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Often the difference between these two conditions is misunderstood. It is important to understand these conditions as arthritis is the leading cause of disability in adults.1 ‘Arthritis’ is a term which refers to over 100 conditions which affect the joints, however the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.2 This article will explain the differences between the two conditions as well as ways in which to manage these conditions conservatively.

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