Degenerative joint disease, also known as osteoarthritis, commonly occurs in our shoulders, knees, hips, spine, and ankles from normal aging and/or “wear and tear.” Degenerative joint disease often results in pain, loss of motion and flexibility. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you may need to make some changes in your lifestyle. But you can still do many of the things you enjoy. You just have to take steps to manage your condition. Your healthcare provider will work with you to diagnose and treat your degenerative joint disease.
If you suffer from degenerative joint disease or arthritis and would like additional information on this painful condition, please review the video and frequently asked questions below. If you are interested in or scheduled for a joint injection for your joint pain and would like additional information on this interventional procedure please refer to our article on joint injection. Additionally, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to discuss them with your physician.
Degenerative Joint Disease / Arthritis FAQ
Degenerative joint disease occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Degenerative joint disease is characterized by pain when moving the joint, dull aching when the joint is at rest, as well as popping, grinding, or catching sensations while the joint is in motion.
To determine whether you are suffering from degenerative joint disease or from another condition, your provider will start with a comprehensive medical review and physical exam. Diagnostic tests that include x-rays, lab results, and/or MRIs will also be reviewed.
Degenerative joint disease may be treated in many ways including non-opioid adjuvant medications, joint injections, and complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. Degenerative joint disease may be treated as part of a care team model involving pain psychology, pain management, orthopedic surgery and primary care specialties working together.