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What are some options for someone who has degenerative arthritis in the neck and back?

What are some options for someone who has degenerative arthritis in the neck and back?

Mechanical tx: Arthritis in the neck and back is a mechanical problem and is to be treated mechanically. I favor physical therapy, massage, maybe even chiropractor manipulations if those areas are stable, osteopathic procedures. Medications may only mitigate symptoms, but confer no benefit as far as disease modification. Steroid injections may work for some. Tens unit/iontophoresis are other pt modalities. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What are some treatment options for someone with degenerative arthritis in the neck and back?

What are some treatment options for someone with degenerative arthritis in the neck and back?

There are a lot: It depends on what symptoms are you experiencing in your neck and back. Conservative treatments like nsaids, acetaminophen, topical medications, physical therapy are examples. If you are experiencing pain that radiates to your extremities from your neck and back. Then a more aggressive approach is in order. Assuming you do not have surgical indications, interventional pain procedures could help. ...Read more

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What some of the causes degenerative arthritis of spine?

What some of the causes degenerative arthritis of spine?

Many cause: Spine degeneration has many causes and most of which are really not well understood. Some people get degeneration earlier than others and no one really knows why. In actuality, if we live long enough everyone will eventually develop it. Genetics probably plays a role but we don't know which genes. How much you abuse your body over the years also likely adds to the wear and tear of the process. ...Read more

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Besides back pain, what else should I expect if I have degenerative arthritis?

Besides back pain, what else should I expect if I have degenerative arthritis?

Leg symptoms: The degenerative process can allow the spinal canal to become narrow. This in turn could affect you legs. You could develop sciatic type symptoms. You could also develop symptoms where you only walk for a short distance and then have to rest up and lean forward. ...Read more

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I am 44 w. Degenerative arthritis in both knees. What are the options?

I am 44 w. Degenerative arthritis in both knees. What are the options?

Knee DJD: Rest, weight control, gentle exercise program, glucosamine, nsaid, omega3, cortisone & viscous injections, external laser, swim, rarely a scope, sometimes partial knee, total knee. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects I can expect from scoliosis and degenerative arthritis in my spine?

What are the long term effects I can expect from scoliosis and degenerative arthritis in my spine?

Back pain: Peopke with scoliosis have more acute and chronic back pain than the general population, regardless of treatment. Most people get some degree of degenerative spinal arthritis. It is often of no clinical consequence, though it can lead to symptomatic spinal stenosis in some cases. ...Read more

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I have degenerative arthritis in back. Why does lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?

I have degenerative arthritis in back. Why does lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?

Varies: There are various reasons why walking can flare up your back if you have djd. One reason is that the discs between your vertebrae can flatten as you stand up against gravity and from the ground reaction forces. If that occurs then the joints become even more compressed and causes facet joint pain. Another reason could be due to poor mechanics at the feet and/or improper shoes. ...Read more

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With degenerative arthritis in back why does the lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?

With degenerative arthritis in back why does the lower back hurt so much while walking a few blocks?

Pressure: This is similar to the reason why you would have knee pain with walking due to arthritis. Back pain is usually due to many factors with arthritis being one. Seek out an interventional pain management specialist. There may be some therapy or injections that may help. ...Read more

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My mom is 84 years old with degenerative arthritis in her back. Her doctors say there is nothing they can do - is that true?

My mom is 84 years old with degenerative arthritis in her back. Her doctors say there is nothing they can do - is that true?

NOT TRUE!!: Be proactive, I use acupuncture, dry needling, gunn-ims, lots of strategically placed trigger points, intense physical therapy to help my young and old patients have a better quality of life and mobility. Get advice on discontinuing meds that cause aches, pains and stiffness, like statins and bone density meds. I’ve gotten patients out of wheelchairs in 2 months this this therapy. ...Read more

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For last 3 days a section of the left side of my tongue is completely numb. I have degenerative bone disease & degenerative arthritis in neck, back &?

For last 3 days a section of the left side of my tongue is completely numb. I have degenerative bone disease & degenerative arthritis in neck, back &?

See a neurologist: For neurological examination, imaging and diagnosis. This is a serious medical condition and evaluation by a neurologist is warranted. ...Read more

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Fibro & adductor muscles pain. Degenerative arthritis spine. No cushion left l5. I do simple yoga; stretching, all I can manage. What could pain doc do?

Fibro & adductor muscles pain. Degenerative arthritis spine. No cushion left l5. I do simple yoga; stretching, all I can manage. What could pain doc do?

A fair amount: Please don't expect a huge change;however start with a really bright specialist in pain medicine. Involving a reconstructive orthopedist, physical therapist. Maybe, neurologist wi jj also be helpful, this is complicated;however one step at a time. ...Read more

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I have a slight tingle in the left side of neck that pulsates w/ my heart beat. I was diagnosed a couple years back w/ early degenerative arthritis btw?

I have a slight tingle in the left side of neck that pulsates w/ my heart beat. I was diagnosed a couple years back w/ early degenerative arthritis btw?

Btw?: Hello~ there is no clear question here, so I am not going to guess at one. Also, please refrain from using abbreviations. It could endanger your life because you may mean, "because of the weather" and I may think " it means : because of the Waldenstroms macroglobulinemia" please NEVER use abbreviations and please could you recraft this with a clear QUESTION asked thanks ...Read more

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Degenerative arthritis in spine muscles in legs seem to hurt when, walking osteo a in knee, elbows hurt, is all this arthritis dad had rheumatoid?

Degenerative arthritis in spine muscles in legs seem to hurt when, walking osteo a in knee, elbows hurt, is all this arthritis dad had rheumatoid?

Complex: Dad's rheumatoid arthritis is not related to your osteoarthritis (oa). Yes, it could all be oa. Leg weakness with walking brings up the possibility of spinal stenosis, a possible complication of oa. ...Read more

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Degenerative arthritis back, leg muscles ache, lower back pain. Elbows hurt to touch, knee bone on bone, re diabetic, what medwill help. On soma (carisoprodol)?

Let me explain: It sound you have more than one problem, you have what it look be arthritis, diabetes and complications involved those two, my advice to go to your family doctor and have him do complete physical and treatment plan. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does degenerative arthritis affect your body?

How does degenerative arthritis affect your body?

Rigidity, pain: Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis affects any joint in the body including the back, neck, shoulders, knees, ankles, hips, fingers. It causes chronic pain, and decrease in function of the affected areas usually symmetrical. When the cartilage between the two bones disappears then only replacement of the joint could relieve it. The last resort before surgery is to inject lubricants (hyalgan). ...Read more

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How to treat degenerative arthritis?

How to treat degenerative arthritis?

It depends: It depends on the area involved and the severity of involvement. Medications, injections, physical therapy and surgery may or may not be options. It depends. ...Read more

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How can you relieve degenerative arthritis pain?

How can you relieve degenerative arthritis pain?

Lots: There are many options for treatment. Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Generally these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx. Com. ...Read more

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What does resveratrol do for degenerative arthritis cases?

What does resveratrol do for degenerative arthritis cases?

See below: Resveratrol (3, 5, 4'-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a stilbenoid, a type of natural phenol, and a phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Its benefits are unclear. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mum is in agony with degenerative arthritis?

What can I do if my mum is in agony with degenerative arthritis?

Have her see: It may be good for her to see either a rheumatologist, ortho, or pain management to help come up with some treatment options for her pain. ...Read more

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What's the difference between rheumatoid and degenerative arthritis?

Cause of inflammatio: Ra is an auto immune disease. The body actually attacks itself. It is typically degenerative. "degenerative"arthritis (assuming it is osteoarthritis), is typically a result of either a single accute trauma to a joint or a long chronic wear and tear on a joint. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging disks, degenerative arthritis, what exercise should do?

I have 3 bulging disks, degenerative arthritis, what exercise should do?

Core muscles +: Core muscle strengthening, stretching your back with a gravity inversion device, and losing weight! ...Read more

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What are the safest sex positions for facet problems or degenerative arthritis?

What are the safest sex positions for facet problems or degenerative arthritis?

Flexed positions: Since extension of the spine results in the facet joints approximating causing pain. ...Read more

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Can my sciatica be affected by degenerative arthritis?

Can my sciatica be affected by degenerative arthritis?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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In agony with degenerative arthritis?

Yes: It is possible to have severe pain with DJD however you should have your primary care doc take a look immediately to make sure nothing else is going on. If it is in fact djd, various things can be done, such as treatment with medications, modalities and activity modification. ...Read more

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How can you reverse degenerative arthritis?

How can you reverse degenerative arthritis?

Can slow progression: Asking how to reverse degenerative arthritis is like asking how to build up your car's worn brake pads. The only 'reversal' is the extreme of joint replacement. Short of that, your best bet is to slow the progression. Avoid excessive heavy 'mileage', lose weight to decrease joint load, and strengthen surrounding muscles and joint support structures. ...Read more

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What does having a degenerative arthritis mean?

Arthritis: Degenerative arthritis is a situation where the cartilage which is the gliding surface covering a joint is deteriorating. This is often a slow progressive process also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...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