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What is the main difference between osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Nothing: Djd and oa are two descriptions for the same basic process.
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Dr. Jay Joshi
Pain Management 23 years experience
OA: Oa and degenerative joint disease are slightly different, but the terms have been used interchangeably as well. A qualified specialist will be able t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 50 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Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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 member asked:
Dr. Milton Mintz
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69 years experience
Yes!: Sometimes induced by trauma! at your age.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Arthritis or degenerative joint disease are generic catch all terms applied to all conditions affecting the cartilage inside a joint. There are over ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Karelis
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
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 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes, mild degenerative disease means osteoarthritis. However, anemia, elevated ESR and CRP are not likely due to mild osteoarthritis and a different c... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Karelis
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Yes. Degenerative joint disease or 'wear and tear' of the joints responds well to anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or naproxen.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 36 years experience
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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Surgery: The only way to truly "cure" arthritis is to remove the worn joint, and replace it with a prosthetic one. Having said that, there are many things that... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 35 years experience
OSTEOATHRITIS: Degenerative arthitis is not the best name for this arthritis. We like to use the term osteoarthritis since joints are not degenerating or falling apa... Read More
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