Rheumatoid arthritis vs osteoarthritis: What's the difference?

Are you waking up with joints that feel uncomfortable and stiff? Is your mobility changing because you are in pain? Or, are you finding that your hands and fingers are hurting?  

If you answered yes to one, or any of these questions, it might be that you are feeling the beginnings of arthritis. 

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions, with more than 10 million people in the UK having some form of it. An umbrella term for any inflammation of the joints, there are thought to be over 200 forms of the disorder. 

Two of the more common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One-third of people over the age of 45 are seeking treatment for OA in the UK and more than 400,000 are living with RA. However, when people are faced with joint pain and stiffness, it can be hard to know which one they are affected by.