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Osteoarthritis (often called OA) is a condition of the joints affecting almost everyone as they get older. Around 8 out of 10 people over the age of 50 are affected, but younger people– even teenagers – may develop it.
Most people are likely to experience some pain and mobility problems.
An early diagnosis can help slow its progression and a lot can be done to ease the symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system – which usually fights infection – attacks the cells that line your joints by mistake, making them swollen, stiff and painful. Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis quickly is important because early treatment can help stop the condition getting worse and reduce the risk of further problems such as joint damage.
Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with arthritis, living with it for some while or think you may have the early signs, we’re here for you.
This booklet is provided by the charity Arthritis Care. If you have osteoarthritis, there is a lot you can do to make daily living easier. Osteoarthritis (called OA throughout this booklet) is a condition of the joints affecting almost everyone as they get older
Rheumatoid arthritis is primarily a condition that affects the joints. It can cause problems in any joint in the body, although the small joints in the hands and feet are often the first to be affected. Contains lots more information about symptoms and treatment.
Information on Rheumatoid Arthritis, what it is, how it’s managed and living with the condition.