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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 39-year-old member asked:

What does having degenerative joint disease mean?

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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 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.
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.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What can help cure degenerative joint disease?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 28 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 can be done to treat symptoms associated with oa. Nsaids, ice, avoid painful activities, injections of corticosteroids or viscosupplements, occasionally an arthroscopic clean-out (in very select cases). Consult with your favorite orthopedic surgeon.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is degenerative joint disease covered by disability?

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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Orofacial Pain 12 years experience
Pain physician: It is the effect of a disorder/disease which makes a person disable rather than having the disease. You should consult a pain management center for better guidance.

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