Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis: Episode 57

  • In this episode: A brief introduction to Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. They share a few similarities but ultimately are very different processes.

  • Chip Review: UTZ “The Crab Chips” (12:46)

  • Trivia question of the week: What is the largest freshwater lake in the world? (10:49)

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Brief except from the episode:

Osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) this will be a little bit of an overview of the differences between the two, because they do get mixed up at times. Arthritis is Latin for arthros (joint) and itis (inflammation). Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are very different. However, they do share a few similarities early on in their progression.
Arthritis can happen in any joint. Usually osteoarthritis is more common in the large joints and rheumatoid arthritis in the smaller joints.
Some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, stiffness, tenderness, ROM loss, swelling. Osteoarthritis is pretty darn common; as we age we all end up with it somewhere. This does not mean that it will hurt or limit our activities. What is happening is the cartilage in the joints in wearing down. This is a normal process that occurs with anything that gets used. If you use something by default it gets worn down.
With rheumatoid arthritis you will often experience similar symptoms initially to osteoarthritis. Pain, tenderness, ROM loss, swelling and stiffness, (usually in the AM or after inactivity). These symptoms are often accompanied by fatigue, loss of appetite and fever. RA can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs and heart.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It is chronic inflammation of the joint lining. So as that lining is inflamed and irritated the cartilage and bone are surrounded by inflammation that will over time cause them to wear down.
Since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder a good portion of its management will be through medication. It is really important to address the systemic issues related to this disease to stop or at least slow down the affects of the chronic inflammation.
Other Episodes you Might Enjoy:

Upper and Lower Extremity Posture: Episode 8

Fall prevention & Balance: Episode 19

Stretching: Episode 25


Joint Replacement: Episode 33

  • In this episode we discuss joint replacement broadly. We cover the 3 primary joints that get replaced, Shoulder, Hip & Knee. Then touch on some of the lesser-known joints.

  • Chip Review: Paqui – Haunted Ghost Pepper compliments of Becky & Dustin

  • Trivia question of the week: Which city was the first to reach 1 million inhabitants?

  • Follow us on Instagram: 2pts_n_a_bagofchips and/or Twitter @2PTsNaBagOChips to see photos, video and get additional episode specific information throughout the week.

  • Thanks for listening!!

Today we are discussing joint replacement. The large version, all versions. All joint replacements. Covering them as a whole. And reviewing the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chips compliments of Becky and Dustin. Thank you Becky and Dustin for trying to kill us. The bag says “Freakin’ Hot” on it so… Actually right now they are melting through the tissue we put them on. I’m not kidding. They are really red.


Hey we had fun in Chicago. We did. For those of you who listened to last week’s episode, we realize that the quality was not all that good. But boy was it fun. Now we are back in our friendly confines.


Joint replacement, there are 3 main types. Shoulder, hip and knee. Those are all the same type just at three different joints. Yeah, yeah, yeah, those are the main ones. Correct. There are some, elbow, ankle relatively new, toe, finger, thumb have been around for a long time. They don’t really fit the… They are not common. The stuff we are going to be talking about.


I’ve seen a couple ankles, they are different. Tend not to do very well. They are still in the experimental phase I think. Plus it’s an alternative to fusing the ankle. So I guess it all depends on how you define function. Do I want my ankle fused or do I want to see if the ankle replacement will give me some relief.


Shoulder, probably the most uncomfortable of the group. Huh? When you have the shoulder replacement. I think the knee is more uncomfortable. People with knee joint replacements complain all the time of pain. I think the knee is hardest. I think having your shoulder replaced, up by your head, trying to sleep, all that throbbing early on, it gets better sooner. Most of these people can’t lie down, they sleep in a chair, they sleep in a reclined position. Which is advisable at first. They are all uncomfortable.


Hip is the easiest. By far and this is not based on our experience this is based on our clients experience. Over the course of the last 30 years hip replacement is by far the easiest. People recovery really well, really quick. Regardless of the approaches.


For additional episode recommendations check out:

Knee Pain: Episode 2

Shoulder Pain: Episode 4

Hip Pain: Episode 15

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