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Doctor insights on: Sharks Tooth For Degenerative Joint Diseases

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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 joint disease and osteoarthritis the same thing?

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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What are some treatments for degenerative joint disease?

What are some treatments for degenerative joint disease?

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

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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 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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Is arthritis related to charcot marie tooth disease in any way?

Is arthritis related to charcot marie tooth disease in any way?

Maybe: Cmt does not directly cause joint swelling or inflammation. It can lead to early osteoarthritis due to nerve damage and/or change in the arch of the foot. It can also lead to a charcot joint due to the loss of sensation in foot or hand. ...Read more

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Is it possible to regenerate cartilage in cases of degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis?

Is it possible to regenerate cartilage in cases of degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis?

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 more

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What are my options for degenerative joint disease/osteoarthritis in my temporal mandibular joint?

What are my options for degenerative joint disease/osteoarthritis in my temporal mandibular joint?

Few optons: Depending on the damage to the joint, your treatment options range from nsaids, steroids, oral orthotics and surgery. You should consult an orofacial pain dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Is neuromuscular dentistry effective for TMJ? MRI shows bone spurs, disc fragments and flattening of the Condyle

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

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What is shark cartilage treatment for people with arthritis?

What is shark cartilage treatment for people with arthritis?

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 more

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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

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Which is better for correcting degenerative disk disease, bone fusion or artificial disks?

Which is better for correcting degenerative disk disease, bone fusion or artificial disks?

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

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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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Can overall joint pain, "double jointedness", and TMJ pain/clicking be from some sort of arthritis or other joint disorder?

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 more

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Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Collagen issue: Sounds more like a collagen issue. Unfortunately there not a treatment for poor collagen like there is for osteo-porosis. Still worth getting bone density, electrolytes, and hormones checked. (thyroid, para thyroid). ...Read more

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Are cortisone shots good for the pain of degenerative joint 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 more

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