What does having degenerative joint disease mean?

DDD and aging. Degenerative joint disease is part of the process of aging, though it can be accelerated due to medication, structure damage causing additional wear on adjacent joint, or familial tendancy to this syndrome. It is the breakdown of the joint, often the spinal discs, causing nerve pain or simple bone pain. Medications (non-opioid) or surgery may be in your future.
OSTEOATHRITIS. Degenerative arthitis is not the best name for this arthritis. We like to use the term osteoarthritis since joints are not degenerating or falling apart but joints get narrowed with loss of cartilage. This is what causes pain. Osteoarthritis can affect many areas including the spine, thumbs, hips, and knees. It is not an inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. It is more common over 50.

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What kind of condition is degenerative joint disease (d.J.D.)?

Progressive disease. Osteoarthritis (oa) also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis, is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving degradation of joint including the cartilage inside the joint and bone supporting it. Read more...
Arthritis. Degenerative arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that can cause pain with movement of the affected part. Many times the chronic inflammation will lead to structural changes in or around our joints that can result in decreased range of motion and loss of related function. Read more...

What are degenerative joint disease?

Osteoarthitis. The terms "osteoarthritis" , "osteoarthrosis" and "degenerative joint disease"(djd) are used interchangeably. They all refer to age-related joint deterioration. Factors which may predispose to DJD include genetic predisposition, previous injury to the affected joint and probably environmental exposure (occupation, etc)."disease" is considered by many to be a misnomer. Read more...
Djd. Degenerative joint disease is also known as osteoarthritis and is basically the wearing down of the cartilage cushion in the involved joint. Read more...

What can help cure degenerative joint disease?

Surgery. The only way to truly "cure" arthritis is to remove the worn joint, and replace it with a prosthetic one. Having said that, there are many things that can be done to treat symptoms associated with oa. Nsaids, ice, avoid painful activities, injections of corticosteroids or viscosupplements, occasionally an arthroscopic clean-out (in very select cases). Consult with your favorite orthopedic surgeon. Read more...
Did curve. There is no cure for this. It is a progressive situation. What can be done is to reduce the symptoms. Read more...

What are the effects of degenerative joint disease?

Cartilage Breakdown. The hallmark feature of DJD is cartilage breakdown. This may be associated with joint stiffness, pain, joint deformity, changes in the adjacent bone (cysts and bone spurs) and inflammation of the joint. All of these taken together provide a picture of arthritis. Read more...

What are the symptoms of degenerative joint disease?

Stiff sore joints. Stiffness after sleeping or sitting still, then pain and swelling progress and can end up lasting day and night. A rheumatologist is an expert in DJD and can be helpful. Read more...

Is degenerative joint disease covered by disability?

Pain physician. It is the effect of a disorder/disease which makes a person disable rather than having the disease. You should consult a pain management center for better guidance. Read more...

What's the upshot of getting degenerative joint disease?

Osteoarthritis (OA) Osteoarthritis (oa) is the most common type of arthritis. The older a person is, the more likely they have oa. Commonly effected areas include finger joints, hips, knees, and feet, and toes, as well as the spine. Symptoms include pain and stiffness. Acetaminophen or anti inflammatory medications are common treatments. Read more...
Upshot? If you are asking what is good about djd, the answer is nothing. If you want to know about successful treatments, then we are talking anti-inflammatory medications, general analgesics, range-of-motion exercises as well as aerobic activities. Stretching and strengthening exercises are all useful. Injections can help a ton as well. Read more...