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degenerative disc disease vs degenerative joint disease

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience 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Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
30 years experience Neurosurgery
Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for ddd and osteoarthritis of the neck include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture or chiropractic manipul ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Giannini
35 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Not usually: C reactive protein that is very elevated is typically associated with systemic disease. Osteoarthritis can result in slight elevations, consult your p ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Yes: The bone scan shows areas of active bone deposition as "hot". Osteopenia won't be diagnosed as this denotes loss of bone density. Degenerative disc di ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mohamed Aboyoussef
25 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic and it is not known to cause or worsen arthritis. Best wishes.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience Neurosurgery
No correlation: Pain meds and muscle relaxants can cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness not degenerative disc disease.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Yes: Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting clo ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Collapse: Discs lose water content and sponginess. More load on the facets causing them to hypertrophy. This in turn leads to more nerve root compromise. May ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Non-surgical treat: Best to avoid surgery, if possible. Use of physical therapy, massage, exercise, muscle relaxants, and pain meds can all play a role. Acupuncture may ... Read More
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