Dr. Travis explains the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis I want everyone to understand, we’ve talked about the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. And after that we will explain exactly what this platelet rich therapy is about. And rheumatoid arthritis it’s an inflammatory condition, there’s a membrane that surrounds the joint, the synovial membrane and what that does, is that membrane will secrets fluid to keep things in there moving. Unfortunately in rheumatoid arthritis our own body's immune cells send signals that destroy the lining of the joint, over time the joint becomes inflamed, swollen, and extremely painful. Now, with osteoarthritis, it’s quite a bit of a difference. What you are looking at the joint, the blue area is cartilage, cartilage is the cushion, every time you walk, take a step that cushions. But it's also able to degenerate. Osteoarthritis is degenerative, over time you see that cartilage disappears and it ends up bone on bone and the problem with bone on bone as in your case it’s painful.