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What does degenerative arthritis in hands feel like?

What does degenerative arthritis in hands feel like?

Stiffness: Is the most common complaint. Pain is usually bimodal meaning worse in the am and then later in the day. Pain should improve in the am within 30 min or so as the hands and fingers are used. If the pain and stiffness lasts longer than 30-60 min then this can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis which is more severe and should be treated sooner than later. Discuss this with your pcp. ...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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In agony with degenerative arthritis?

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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What some of the causes degenerative arthritis?

What some of the causes degenerative arthritis?

Many possible causes: Obesity is a factor in oa. In the spine smoking is a factor. There are structural factors - if you have bowed legs or knocked knees you have a higher risk of oa. Prior injury, especially if it involves a joint, is a factor. A malunion of a fracture could lead to oa. Overuse and microtrauma may be a factor. Inflammatory disease can lead to degenerative joint disease. And, of course, there are gene. ...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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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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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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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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What is the main difference between traumatic arthritis and degenerative arthritis?

What is the main difference between traumatic arthritis and degenerative arthritis?

Trauma or not: Both are forms of joint degeneration. In traumatic arthritis there is an identified injury to the joint which leads to the degeneration. In degenerative arthritis there is no injury identified that leads to the arthritis. In that situation there are dozens and dozens of possible causes for the degeneration. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative arthritis?

What is the main difference between rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative arthritis?

Friendly fire: In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system thinks the lining of the joints (synovium) are an intruder (like a virus or bacteria). The immune system attacks (friendly fire) the joints causing pain, stiffness, fatigue, joint damage, and disability if not treated aggressively. Osteoarthrits is when the cartilage of the joint degenerates. The immune system is not directly involved in the proces. ...Read more

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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

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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

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What does it mean to have degenerative arthritis?

What does it mean to have degenerative arthritis?

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is characterized by degeneration of cartilage (and later, bone) that affects how a joint moves and tolerates loads and stresses. Advancing age and trauma worsen the degeneration. In weight bearing joints, obesity also accelerates the progression. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for degenerative arthritis?

What are risk factors for degenerative arthritis?

A few: All people will develop degenerative arthritis but not all will suffer. Obesity, smoking, age, alcohol use, prior joint trauma, and intensity of work (labor intensive jobs) just to name a few can accelerate the natural degenerative process. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of degenerative arthritis ?

Pain: The classic syptoms are pain, redness, swelling and heat. The pain is often the worst when sedentary and better with activity. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat degenerative arthritis?

What are some ways to treat degenerative arthritis?

Many...: Degenerative arthritis implies cartilage loss, which can be primary or secondary. Bracing, exercise (sporting activities can be good or bad, depending on type), bracing, splinting, weight loss, especially if back, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Joint gels ( voltaren (diclofenac) gels) and anitinflammatory pain relievers like naproxen, and it's brethren can make a big difference. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get relief from degenerative arthritis?

Is there any way to get relief from degenerative arthritis?

Yes, many options: Yes. Gentle exercise, stretching, weight loss, avoiding activities that exacerbate your symptoms, creams, etc. Can help. Even your diet choices may affect your pain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and anti-inflammatories can help. Supplements (glucosamine & chondroitin) have been shown to help. In certain instances, steriod injections can provide drastic relief. Finally, there are surgical options if all else fails. ...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