Arthritis vs. arthralgia: Differences, symptoms, and treatments

Arthritis vs. arthralgia: Differences, symptoms, and treatments

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, causing symptoms such as pain and stiffness as well.

The terms arthritis and arthralgia are similar, and they can be easily confused.

Importantly, pain with arthralgia occurs without the distinct inflammation that characterizes arthritis within the joint.

In some situations, certain medical professionals consider arthralgia a precursor to arthritis.

Arthritis can result from varying underlying factors, and arthritis has many forms.

Still, some people interchangeably use arthralgia and arthritis to describe symptoms of joint pain, stiffness and inflammation.

Pain in one or more joints is the main symptom of both arthralgia and arthritis, and the pain can be similar.

The Arthritis Foundation notes there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.

Treatments for arthralgia as well as arthritis depend on its underlying cause.

Even if symptoms of arthralgia or arthritis are not severe, before recommending simpler treatments and home remedies, the doctor will want to rule out other underlying issues.

Doctors often recommend similar home remedies for handling arthralgia and arthritis symptoms.

A person may not simultaneously experience arthralgia and arthritis in the same joint.

Arthritis involves inflammation whereas arthralgia is non-inflammatory joint pain.

A 2018 review notes that in some people arthralgia in the joints eventually progresses to rheumatoid arthritis.

If inflammation causes joint pain, some form of arthritis is present in one person.

Arthralgia can in some cases be a precursor to certain forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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