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Doctor insights on: Degenerative Disc Disease Vs Degenerative 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Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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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What are some things I can do to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease in my neck?

What are some things I can do to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease in my neck?

Therapy: The best long term treatment for neck pain from degenerative changes is strengthening and stretching exercise. Stretching will help maintain motion and strengthening the muscles will provide support for the worn joints and help delay progression. The best way to get into a routine is to work with a physical therapist a few times then transition to an independent exercise program. ...Read more

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Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Yes: The bone scan shows areas of active bone deposition as "hot". Osteopenia won't be diagnosed as this denotes loss of bone density. Degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis may not be demonstrated if they are insufficient to cause a bone response (healing or what is medically called an osteoblastic response). ...Read more

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22 year-old woman is 59" and 85 pounds, found to have osteoporosis, and despite not having any eating problems, cannot gain weight to get back.....?

22 year-old woman is 59" and 85 pounds, found to have osteoporosis, and despite not having any eating problems, cannot gain weight to get back.....?

Osteoporosis: Your weight is ideal but not osteoporosis, have yourself examined for any other secondary reason for osteoporosis and get it treated. ...Read more

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Can I have degenerative disc disease?

Can I have degenerative disc disease?

Yes: Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting close togeather at any level and are there bony overgrowths seen like in this photo? This is the lumbar spine (low back). ...Read more

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What happens with degenerative disc disease?

What happens with degenerative disc disease?

Collapse: Discs lose water content and sponginess. More load on the facets causing them to hypertrophy. This in turn leads to more nerve root compromise. May ultimately end with need for surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What are the tests for degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful ...Read more

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What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

Depends on symptoms: Degenerative disc disease, is a misnomer -- and not a disease. Just normal wear & tear that occurs w/ age -- it typically starts in the 2nd decade of life, everyone experiences this--equivalent to skin wrinkles (:degenerative skin disease"), gray hair ("degenerative hair disease"). In of itself needs no treatment. If symptoms present, ask your spine surgeon to guide you through finding the source. ...Read more

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My mom has degenerative disc disease. What are the chances that I have inherited it?

My mom has degenerative disc disease. What are the chances that I have inherited it?

Almost all have: Evidence of degenerative discs as we age but a percentage due get back and or neck pain as a result an their is a percentage that is inherited but more at risk if overweight &/or a smoker. The risk of inheritance is probably around 25%. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease. What does that mean?

Let me try to help: (DDD) is the gradual degeneration of the
discs that reside between the vertebrae in the spine. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

MRI: Degenerative disc disease is a normal process of aging. The existence does not mean that you automatically have symptoms. Of you are in pain one way to diagnosed the presence of the condition is with an mri. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease?

Meds/Shots/Surgery: First line--medications (advil, aleve, (naproxen) etc.--avoid opiates if you can!) as needed for pain relief, ergonomic adjustments at work (good seating posture/distance from computer, etc.), gentle neck exercises.
Second-line: steroid+/- Lidocaine injections for pain not controlled with medications. These injections last from a few weeks to several months.
Third line: neck surgery. The results are mixed! ...Read more

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Is flying with spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease considered safe?

Yes: Flying should be safe with these conditions. The main thing while flying, if you are having pain in particular, is to get out of the seat, walk around the plane, and do some stretching. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease, would an inversion table help for the pain?

I have degenerative disc disease, would an inversion table help for the pain?

Spinal decompression: Remember, any changes that occur with traction are temporary. Once normal weight bearing is restored, all changes revert to pre-traction state. Inversion tables do exactly the same thing for about $250 total vs. Around $200 per treatment with chiropractic traction. If this treatment avoids the need for meds, it is great. No problem trying it as long as other important causes ruled out first. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor says I have degenerative disc disease what is that?

Just means that: Your spine is not normal looking anymore. How abnormal is it? Hard to know without evaluation and examination of images. Really depends on what is going on and what can be done to help relieve any pain you may have. Everyone gets degenerative disc disease as we get older, just an FYI. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

Another doctor: ? what treatments are for DDD & fibromyalgia (FM) in 38 yo. DDD merely radiologic descriptor &, as applied to 38 yo, not pain generator. Find another physician, preferably Osteopath. FM cause is multifactorial soft tissue injuries requiring several non-toxic natural therapies, including weight loss & exercise (aquatherapy, gentle yoga, walking), to reconstitute proper soft tissue function & cure. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a tens machine to help with pain relief for degenerative disc disease?

Is it possible for a tens machine to help with pain relief for degenerative disc disease?

TENS: Tens unit can help with superficial pain. With degeneration of the spine, usually people have arthritis of the spine as well, which in turn can lead to muscle spasms for which TENS would be very useful. It does not affect the degeneration directly. Hope this information helps you. ...Read more

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Can degenerative disc disease in the neck be caused by being hit on the head with a 500lb barrel?

Can degenerative disc disease in the neck be caused by being hit on the head with a 500lb barrel?

Yes, could occur.: The original impact could tear the annulus fibrosis surrounding one or many discs, and could lead to progressive discogenic deterioration. ...Read more

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When can I start weight lifting again after degenerative disc disease surgery? Thanks in advance :)

When can I start weight lifting again after degenerative disc disease surgery? Thanks in advance :)

Maybe: This is something you need to discuss with your physician. There are obviously risks and some the answer depends on your general health ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for degenerative disc disease. I am taking pain meds now they do not help at all?

Regenerative med: Regenerative medicine may be the best treatment for degenerative medicine. A variety of interventional and non-interevntional options are available other than pain pills. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease in T4 and t5 and been in pain since aug 2011. Pain has been getting severe lately. Why?

I have degenerative disc disease in T4 and t5 and been in pain since aug 2011. Pain has been getting severe lately. Why?

It is not likely: That degeneration is the source of your pain in that region. It is a region that does not bear much load and does not mobilize due to stability afforded by rib cage. Get another opinion from a spine surgeon and make sure you are not a smoker and you are exercising regularly ...Read more

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Bilateral L5 pars W/ grade 1 anterolithesis of L5 on S1 W/ mild degenerative disc disease. 30mg codiene over 3 yrs now ineffective?

Need evaluation: This sounds like a chronic pain syndrome. It needs to be evaluated. Be certain where the pain is coming from. See what can be done to help it. On codeine long term is never a good idea. It depends on what else your physician and pain physicians can offer you. ...Read more

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1. Moderate degenerative disc disease L4-L5 unfavorably progressed since prior exam. 2. Interval development of a small posterior left paracentral dis?

This means that-: -compared 2 earlier images there has been progression of the prior degenerative changes also since then a small L disk protrusion is present. As long as there is no leg pain this may just be an incidental finding that goes along with progression. @ Ur young age U need take care of Ur back. NSAIDS, activity modification, & avoid sports that R high impact. Don't put Ur self@
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Can a chiropractor help alleviate my degenerative disc disease symptoms? Would it be beneficial for me to choose to treat my degenerative disc disease through a chiropractor? .

Can a chiropractor help alleviate my degenerative disc disease symptoms? Would it be beneficial for me to choose to treat my degenerative disc disease through a chiropractor? .

Back: Back pain and degenerative disk disease is a complicated disease. There are many treatments for this problem including rest, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medications, steroid injections, back disk or fusion surgery, spinal cord stimulation and pain pumps. Some treatments work for some people but not for others. I always recommend starting with the least dangerous and invasive treatments first such as physical therapy and chiropractor. If chiropractor does not work for you then you should see a spine pain specialist or spine surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more