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Degenerative disc disease vs degenerative joint disease

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for ddd and osteoarthritis of the neck include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture or chiropractic manipul... Read More
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Therapy: The best long term treatment for neck pain from degenerative changes is strengthening and stretching exercise. Stretching will help maintain motion an... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Giannini
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 36 years experience
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
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
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
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mohamed Aboyoussef
Rheumatology 26 years experience
Yes: Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic and it is not known to cause or worsen arthritis. Best wishes.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
No correlation: Pain meds and muscle relaxants can cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness not degenerative disc disease.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Approach: It is not feasible to put all of this together appropriately based on introductory information. You seem to possess intense challenges for your age, ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
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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