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A 23-year-old member asked:

Is degenerative joint disease the same thing as osteoarthritis?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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 a hundred different types of arthritis.
Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 49 years experience
Yes: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process of the joints.
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
No: The two should not be used synonymously. While DJD is frequently seen as a radiographic abnormality in aging joints, oa also manifests inflammatory joint damage.
Dr. Sheeja Francis
Rheumatology 21 years experience
Yes.: Djd is usually description for osteoarthritis changes in the spine.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Are degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis the same thing?

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Dr. Thomas Karelis
Internal Medicine 24 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 40-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Nothing: Djd and oa are two descriptions for the same basic process.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is degenerative joint disease another name for osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Milton Mintz
A Verified Doctoranswered
68 years experience
Yes!: Sometimes induced by trauma! at your age.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do degenerative osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease/degenerative disc disease differ?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebral spurs are noted. The latter phenomenon, referred to most accurately as spondylosis deformans, is asymptomatic. It may be associated with disc disease, but disc damage does not necessarily cause pain.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What does having degenerative joint disease mean?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 34 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 apart but joints get narrowed with loss of cartilage. This is what causes pain. Osteoarthritis can affect many areas including the spine, thumbs, hips, and knees. It is not an inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. It is more common over 50.

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