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Is spinal degenerative disorder and arthritis of the spine the same thing or different?
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Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, these terms are often used interchangeably.
Both refer to degeneration of the discs or facet joints or both.

In brief: Yes
Yes, these terms are often used interchangeably.
Both refer to degeneration of the discs or facet joints or both.
Dr. Vikas Patel
Dr. Vikas Patel
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
In brief: Same
Sound like you're talking about the same thing.
"degenerative changes" to the spinal discs, joints, and ligaments are the same as "arthritic" changes to the spine.

In brief: Same
Sound like you're talking about the same thing.
"degenerative changes" to the spinal discs, joints, and ligaments are the same as "arthritic" changes to the spine.
Dr. Craig Morton
Dr. Craig Morton
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