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What's mild degenerative changes mean? Is there a difference between arthritis & osteoarthritis?

Types of arthritis. There are many types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is just one type. It is more wear and tear. It sounds like it's mild but you're only 34 years old. If there's any question with a diagnosis I would have your physician have you see a rheumatologist. Read more...
Wear and tear. Hi Tanya! Osteoarthritis is the term used when there is wear and degeneration of the joint, usually caused by aging. There are other types of arthritis as well. Arthritis can also be caused by the body's immune system attacking the joint, as in rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes, arthritis can be caused by damage from an infection in the joint, which is called septic arthritis. Hope that helps! Read more...

What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis?

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...

What are the differences between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis?

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...

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...

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...

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...

What does having a degenerative arthritis mean?

Wear and tear. Degenerative arthritis is also known as osteoarthritis. It is the most common form or arthritis. Arthritis means arth - joint - and itis - inflammation. Degenerarive arthritis is wear and tear of the cartilage in a joint over time. This can lead to pain and decreased mobility within a joint. Read more...
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...

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...
See below. Age, weight, post traumatic, wear and tear, overweight, genetics. Read more...

What does it mean to have degenerative arthritis?

Degenerative arthrit. This refers to a disease process that alters the anatomy of the bones especially in the areas of joints and vertebra. The area is altered by a degeneration process and usually causes pain in the affected areas. This is a different process than the inflammatory arthric diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. 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 more...