what is the diference between RHEUMATISM ATHRITIS and OSTEOATHRITIS?RHEUMATISM ATHRITIS leads to permanent disability while the latter  doesnt.  

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume you are talking about Rheumatoid Arthritis.  If so, the major difference is in the cause of the disease, not in the effects.

RA is an autoimmune disease.  It is caused by the body's immune system attacking the body's own tissues by mistake.  By contrast, osteoarthritis is a "wear and tear" issue.  It is caused simply by the use of joints whose cartilage gets worn away by that use over time.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Osteoarthritis can also be caused by sports or injury. Often, an old injury can become arthritic. Rheumatoid arthritis is not caused by injury. It is essentially your body attacking itself. My aunt has it. Sometimes the medicine is worse than the symptoms. There are a lot of horrible side effects.

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