What is degenerative joint disease?

Degenerative joint disease refers to a deterioration of the facet joints of the spine. The facet joints stabilize the vertebrae of the spine, while at the same time allowing you to bend and twist. The facet joints are enclosed in a fluid-filled joint capsule that helps lubricate the cartilage of the joint.

Causes of Degenerative Joint Disease

Degenerative joint disease starts when the facet joints become misaligned, stressed, or damaged. This condition causes the joint capsule that surrounds the facet joint to lose fluid, which results in the cartilage of the facet joint rubbing painfully together. Over time, the friction creates small bone spurs in and around the facet joint.

Symptoms of Degenerative Joint Disease

Pain from degenerative joint disease can vary depending on how much damage has been done to the joint. Persistent stiffness, achiness and reduced movement in the spine are common. In advanced cases, referral pain may occur.

Degenerative Joint Disease Treatment

Degenerative joint disease is a highly preventable condition. Diet, chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy can all help prevent this disease. If diagnosed in an advanced stage, your chiropractor will explore the best treatment options for you. These may include diet, specific modalities and cooperative care with other health care professionals.

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