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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.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
DJD is part of OA: Djd is a type of oa.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Is degenerative joint disease the same thing as osteoarthritis?

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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.
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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.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of degenerative joint disease?

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Dr. Eric Bluman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
Cartilage Breakdown: The hallmark feature of DJD is cartilage breakdown. This may be associated with joint stiffness, pain, joint deformity, changes in the adjacent bone (cysts and bone spurs) and inflammation of the joint. All of these taken together provide a picture of arthritis.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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:

What are degenerative joint disease?

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Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 35 years experience
Osteoarthitis: The terms "osteoarthritis" , "osteoarthrosis" and "degenerative joint disease"(djd) are used interchangeably. They all refer to age-related joint deterioration. Factors which may predispose to DJD include genetic predisposition, previous injury to the affected joint and probably environmental exposure (occupation, etc)."disease" is considered by many to be a misnomer.

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