Is Rheumatoid Arthritis the Same as Osteoarthritis and are Medical Trials Available?

People are sometimes confused when it comes to an understanding of the difference between osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Both diseases cause pain and swelling in the joints, especially in the extremities such as the hands, knees, and hip. And, both conditions can affect movement and mobility as well as have a negative impact on day to day activities. Even though many of the noticeable symptoms are similar, the underlying causes, as well as the types of treatment, are very different. Currently, medical trials are underway at DM Clinical Research in Tomball seeking new therapies for RA. If you suffer from joint pain, it is important to understand the difference between the two types of arthritis which can help you better manage the disease. If you have been diagnosed with RA, you may be a candidate for DM’s RA medical trial which is currently underway.

Osteoarthritis (OA) arises from the deterioration of the soft tissue in the joints. Under normal conditions, this tissue acts as a cushion between the bones that connect at the joint. When the tissue wears away or deteriorates, the two bones come in contact causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. This problem often occurs in the hip or knee due to the wear and tear of walking or running. Injuries to the joints may cause inflammation and also bring on osteoarthritis. Most often osteoarthritis is treated surgically by replacing or repairing the affected joint.

Although rheumatoid arthritis (RA) exhibits similar symptoms, the causes of the disease are very different. RA is caused when the body’s auto-immune system malfunctions and mistakenly attacks the body. This attack is usually focused in the joints and results in swelling, pain, inflammation, and reduced mobility. A number of treatment options are available, but early identification of RA is important to mitigate the effects of the condition. Medical research is continuing in order to understand RA and its underlying causes. DM Clinical Research of Tomball is currently conducting medical trials to study the benefits of new treatments for RA.

If you are eighteen years of age or over, been diagnosed with RA, and currently take medications for RA, you may qualify to participate in our RA medical trial. DM Clinical is conducting medical trials to assess the benefits of new treatments for RA that could reduce or prevent joint damage, relieve pain, and improve mobility. Because these treatments are so new, they are not yet available to the general public. As a result, medical trial participants have access to the very latest in pharmaceutical medications that may offer improved outcomes.

If you feel you may be a candidate for our RA medical trial, please give us a call at our RA hotline, 281-401-9803. If you are selected as a participant, you will receive all treatment medications free, as well as all doctor visits and lab work. In some cases compensation is offered for time and travel. DM Clinical Research is located in Tomball, Texas and is a leader in clinical research trials studying new treatments in RA, Alzheimer, Type 2 Diabetes, and other conditions. Because DM Clinical is researching new approaches and medications for various diseases, participants in one of our medical trials offer benefit not currently available from the medical community. To see if you qualify, please contact us at our primary office number, 281-517-0550.

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