More commonly known as osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease is a common wear-and-tear injury affecting millions of people. Although there is no cure, there are treatments to relieve pain, improve function and slow progression. Keep reading to learn how our experts can help.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age-related cartilage wear-and-tear
  • Genetics
  • Trauma (Fracture involving the joint surface)

Signs & Symptoms

  • Difficulty bending or flexing
  • Grating or grinding sensation/noise
  • Locking
  • Buckling
  • Pain (especially with activity, relieved with rest)
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty going up or down stairs

Tips & Treatments

  • This condition develops slowly and may worsen over time, sometimes resulting in bone-on-bone contact.
  • Symptoms may be relieved with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or participating in physician-recommended exercise.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include icing affected area, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or complementary medicine, such as acupuncture.