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Doctor insights on: Degenerative Disc And Joint Disease

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

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

Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same?

Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same?

No: Degenerative disc disease is a mislabeling as it is a description used for the natural aging process of the discs. This degeneration can lead to inflammation which is what arthritis is, an inflammation of a joint. Not all degenerative joints are arthritic. ...Read more

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Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing the same thing?

Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing the same thing?

Not really: I wouldn't say the terms are interchangeable, but certainly degenerative disc disease can be seen as disc space narrowing as described on xrays and other imaging. ...Read more

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Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing?

Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing?

Pretty much: The most common type of arthritis is known as degenerative arthritis and describes the gradual wearing down of the cartilage cushion in a particular joint. In the spine, the disc serves as the cartilage cushion between the vertebrae. When it gets worn down this is known as degenerative disc disease, which essentially is a degenerative arthritis of the spine. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Degenrative disc disease & facet joint arthropathy, what to do?

Exercise: Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at least three days a week can reduce pain. Strengthen your core muscles (back and tummy). Physical therapy can guide you in these. A rehabilitation specialist or spinal specialist can also guide you. ...Read more

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Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain relief. Core strengthening is very important. Surgery may be needed if all else fails. A good physical exam, history, and review of various imaging studies go into deciding what surgery you may need. Please keep us updated. ...Read more

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What are degenerative joint disease?

What are degenerative joint disease?

Djd: Degenerative joint disease is also known as osteoarthritis and is basically the wearing down of the cartilage cushion in the involved joint. ...Read more

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Are degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis the same thing?

Yes: With wear and tear (chronic use), the outer layer of cartilage in a joint tends to break down or degenerate. ...Read more

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Are cervical levoscoliosis, arthritis, lumbar degenerative discs and fibromyalgia related?

Are cervical levoscoliosis, arthritis, lumbar degenerative discs and fibromyalgia related?

Can be: ? Whether cervical scoliosis, arthritis & lumbar DDD are related to fibromyalgia, FM. One of the multiple co-factors seemingly co-causal of FM is global muscle atrophy & weakness, leading to widespread myalgia & tender points in spastic muscles repetitively stressed/injured by gravitational forces. Painful skeletal derangements can incite sedentariness with loss of muscle mass/tone. Gravity Rules. ...Read more

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Is degenerative joint disease the same as arthritis?

Is degenerative joint disease the same as arthritis?

OA vs DJD: These terms are synonymous. Both implicate the joint as the cause of symptoms, usually pain and stiffness. ...Read more

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What is degenerative disc disease?

What is degenerative disc disease?

DDD: In short, it is normal wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs without evidence of a more precise pathology such as neural impingement , inflammation, spondylolisthesis, dish, etc. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy possible with degenerative disc disease and sciatica injury?

Is physical therapy possible with degenerative disc disease and sciatica injury?

Yes It is possible: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read more

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Could chiropractic treatment help with degenerative lumbar disc disease?

Could chiropractic treatment help with degenerative lumbar disc disease?

Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing two terms for the same disease?

Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing two terms for the same disease?

YES: Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These changes include disk dehydration, disk bulging / protrosions/ herniations, and disk space narrowing. These processes can be visualized nicely with an MRI scan and sometimes can be inferred by an xray. ...Read more

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What is discopathy,disc degenerative disease or herniated disc?

What is discopathy,disc degenerative disease or herniated disc?

Similar Terms: Suggesting different issues in which the spine has pathology. Discopathy suggests the disc has some abnormality, Degenerative Disc Disease suggests the same, and herniated disc suggests a movement of the disc out of its normal shape and location. All three suggest similar but distinct disease processes. ...Read more

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What is degenerative sacroiliac changes with vacuum phenomenon in SI joints, spurs anteriorly and sclerosis, also have thoracic bone spurs and fusion?

What is degenerative sacroiliac changes with vacuum phenomenon in SI joints, spurs anteriorly and sclerosis, also have thoracic bone spurs and fusion?

?Spondyloarthrpathy: Sounds like markers for a spondyloarthropathy. Without further history and physical exam can not state which, but you need to see a Rheumatologist who knows and knows what further studies are warranted. ...Read more

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What is degenerative joint disease with moderate osteophyte formation?

What is degenerative joint disease with moderate osteophyte formation?

DJD w osteophytes: Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the normal "wear and tear" kind of arthritis that we are all going to get as we get older in our most used joints. Part of the process of chronic arthritis is a remodeling of the calcium structure of the bone at the joint surfaces, which leads to accumulation of calcium away from the point of pressure. Ibuprofen will help discomfort from this normal process. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Occurs when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine so when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, ...Read more