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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
37 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
See pain specialist.: Some drs. Specialize in treatment of pain. Using only vicodin to treat your pain long term is not a good plan, you need multimodal therapy that uses t ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebr ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience in Neurosurgery
No correlation: Pain meds and muscle relaxants can cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness not degenerative disc disease.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Wear and tear: Since we are bipeds and walk upright, our discs support a great deal of pressure. Over time the support fibers (annulous fibrosis) may fray or split ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Degenerative disc disease (ddd) and arthritis are very similar, and often are considered the same. Arthritis, however, is a broader term that can incl ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Possible: Loss of calcium and bone density. With continued loss of fat in the stool, calcium and vitamin d may be lost in excessive amounts. This may result in ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Washburn
19 years experience in Family Medicine
Not really: I wouldn't say the terms are interchangeable, but certainly degenerative disc disease can be seen as disc space narrowing as described on xrays and ot ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Pushkarewicz
37 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Not same , related. : Degenerative disc disease or ddd, refers to a wearing down of the fibrous discs between the vertebral bodies of the spine. Arthritis, usually refers ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert German
25 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Multi joint pain: i would first see a rheumatologist to evaluate you for a potential inflammatory arthritic process.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Exercise: Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at least three days a week can reduce pain. Strengthen your core muscles (back and tummy). Physical the ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
32 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Nothing: There is no cure for degenerative arthritis of the spine, natural or otherwise.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
33 years experience in Pain Management
Osteoarthitis: The terms "osteoarthritis" , "osteoarthrosis" and "degenerative joint disease"(djd) are used interchangeably. They all refer to age-related joint det ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Karelis
22 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: With wear and tear (chronic use), the outer layer of cartilage in a joint tends to break down or degenerate.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes and no: Scoliosis and osteoarthritis, including degenerative discs, are related. Fibromyalgia is not directly related to the other issues.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
26 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
OA vs DJD: These terms are synonymous. Both implicate the joint as the cause of symptoms, usually pain and stiffness.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes : Yes and is generally very beneficial for either or both conditions as is lifestyle issues like weight control, not smoking and regular exercise.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience in Neurosurgery
Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Schultz
28 years experience in Neurosurgery
YES: Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience in Neurosurgery
Disc herniation: The disc between two vertebrae is made of outer annulus and an inner pulposis. When there is a tear in the annulus some of the pulposis can squeeze ou ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
12 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
SI joint: This is a radiographic description of your sacroiliac joint where your pelvis meets the spine. There are degenerative changes to this joint that may o ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience in Family Medicine
DJD w osteophytes: Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the normal "wear and tear" kind of arthritis that we are all going to get as we get older in our most used joints. ... Read More

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