Doctor insights on:
Sharks Tooth For Degenerative Joint Diseases
Can you tell me natural cures for facet joint arthritis/degenerative disc disease in lower lumbar spine?
Exercise tylenol (acetaminophen): There is no cure for degenerative joint disease. The goal is to improve function and reduce pain. Exercise is key in strengthening muscle to improve function. Pain medicines are used including tylenol, (acetaminophen) over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (advil, alleve, etc) and sometimes narcotics. ...Read more
Not yet: While it is possible to grow cartilage that has the gross appearance of articular cartilage, the regenerative cartilage does not have the same microscopic architecture or mechanical properties as native articular cartilage. Even so, some patients benefit clinically from currently available treatment with a procedure known as autologous cartilage implantation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are my options for degenerative joint disease/osteoarthritis in my temporal mandibular joint?
Is neuromuscular dentistry effective for TMJ? MRI shows bone spurs, disc fragments and flattening of the Condyle
Recommendation: Suggest you get referral to Oral Surgeon, as your description raises concerns about extensive degeneration of the joint, and you may require a repair procedure. You may even want two opinions on how to manage. ...Read more
Yes!: Sometimes induced by trauma! at your age. ...Read more
Dangers abound: Shark fin soup, made from the cartilaginous pectoral & dorsal fins of shark, has been in use since at least the ming dynasty in china. It is used medicinally in china to lower cholesterol & to combat cancer & heart disease but it's benefits are controversial. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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
Depends: The answer depends on the anatomy of the problem and of course the symptoms present. Many people have degenerative discs and live pain free. Fusions can be done if there is instability or deformity present. Disc replacement can be done in the absence of instability and deformity if the patients pain correlates well with the imaging findings. See a spine surgeon to discuss further. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can overall joint pain, "double jointedness", and TMJ pain/clicking be from some sort of arthritis or other joint disorder?
Yes, need exam: Arthritis, injuries and other diseases that effect joint can also occur in the jaw joint. The lax ligaments that cause double jointedness can occur in the jaw, especially in women. You should see a dentist who is well trained in treating TMJ disorders for a complete evaluation and treatment. Joint dysfunction is progressive so treatment should start at your age, not wait until severe pain. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?
Can be: We do quite a few cortisone shots in multiple joints such as knees, shoulders, hips, and fingers to name a few. The shots can reduce pain and swelling for months. We limit the amount of injections we do into the same joints. Too many cortisone injections into the same joint can have side effects. Injections are helpful in moderation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Depends on an accurate diagnosis and the bones involved. ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- Lumbar degenerative joint disease
- Tailbone and degenerative joint diseases
- Degenerative disc and joint disease
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Degenerative joint disease ra
- Advanced degenerative joint disease
- Degenerative joint disease of the knee
- Degenerative joint disease knees
- Talk to a dentist online for free