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What Expect Degenerative Arthritis Toes
Pain and Stiffness: Pain and stiffness from arthritris in the foot, depending on the joints, can limit mobility. Xrays and a good detailed history and gait analysis will help make the diagnosis. Appropriate off-loading with orthotics can sometimes help along with anti-inflammatory medication if tolerable , in severe cases surgery may be the answer depending on the severity and location. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This common degenerative condition impacts the joints, where normal wear and tear on them gets to a point where they can no longer keep up with the pace of generating fresh cartilage. As a result, the joint space thins, the bone becomes exposed and painful, and bone spurs ...Read more
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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
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
Overuse / Immune sys: Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by one's immune system attacking the joint cartilage, so usually in multiple joints at once. Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis is from traumatic overuse. Actual overuse by repetitive normal motions is unusual. A knee joint will run thousands of miles over 70 years if the knee is never "twisted" injured. Not using a joint enough leads to osteoarthritis! ...Read more
Wear and tear: Osteoarthritis is wear and tear on joints causing mechanical damage, especially to cartilage. There is bony overgrowth and ultimately joints become bone on bone. This is extremely painful and often requires joint replacement surgery. Pain of OA has an inflammatory component that responds to NSAIDs. RA is the opposite.Autoimmune inflammation causes the synovial tissue to eat into cartilage and bone ...Read more
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 ?
Arthritis pain: Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a descriptive phrase for arthritis. DJD involves wear and tear to the articular cartilage of the knee. This process can cause pain and inflammation, which can range from mild to severe, depending on the severity of the arthritis. For help with treatment of your djd, consult an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more
What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis. Their treatments?
Many differences: Rheumatoid arthritis typicall affects small joints of the hands and feet, is much more painful and causes stiffness of the joints. Degenerative joint disease, also called osteoarthritis is disease of the weight bearing joints like knees and hips and causes low to moderate degree of pain and it often occurs after 50 yrs of age. ...Read more
Damage to cartilage: Arthritis by definition is damage to the cartilage that coats the end of bones in a joint. As this damage gets more severe, it leads to inflammation, pain, swelling and even progressive deformities. A variety of treatments are available depending on the stage of progresion of the arthritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Knee pain when stand/walk. Osteophytes at bilateral tibial spines. Patellofemoral joint spaces reduced. Early osteoarthritis. Need surgery to treat?
Multilevel disc and joint arthrosis ostephytosis and sclerosis in lumbar spine and neck. Hills sachs with joint narrowing shoulder. What dr to see?
Multi joint pain: i would first see a rheumatologist to evaluate you for a potential inflammatory arthritic process. ...Read more
Depends: If post-traumatic arthritis results from a fracture, perhaps you would see sequela from the fracture. Otherwise, the 2 causes could look similar. In other words, the end result of arthritis usually looks the same. The other piece on info that makes one consider "post-traumatic" is a history of remote injury. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. Sometimes this inflammation results in extra fluid in the joint that aggravates the joint, that is the effusion. Suggest seeing a spine specialist to get help with either steroid injections or PRP to help strengthen ligaments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hallux limitus: Arthritis of the great toe ( hallux) is very common and painful primarily due to the amount of pressure applied to this small joint with each step and the amount of pain free motion required to take a normal step. Pain here is frequently due to inflammation of the synovium, or joint lining, but just as commonly due to a broken spur. Ice, low heeled, stiff soled shoe is best. And see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me natural cures for facet joint arthritis/degenerative disc disease in lower lumbar spine?
See details: Speak with your rheumatologist about these issues. If you are not currently seeing one, do so. ...Read more
I have degenerative arthritis in my left knee...It popped and now I have pain on the outside of my knee and tingling in my left foot?
Sciatica and Knee: Pain are your issues. The tingling is not a knee issue and likely from a pinched nerve in the spine. Check out Regenexx.Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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