Arthritis is inflammation of one or many joints of the body is is commonly referred to as degenerative joint disease (DJD). Arthritis is characterized by a progressive loss of cartilage, joint margins, and subchondral bone. DJD typically leads to joint-space narrowing, osteophyte (bone spur) formation, and ankylosing (joining or fusing of the bones). Arthritis is common in the aging adult as the wear and tear of your joints accumulates over the years, eventually leading to joint pain. Common causes of arthritis are poor biomechanics and posture, trauma, genetic or metabolic causes, and occupational or recreational choices.
DJD is characterized by slow onset of dull achey pain that follows joint movement, pain that is worse in the morning and closely paired with stiffness, and decreased range of motion. A major concern with arthritis is the likelihood of progressing to a more severe, painful condition, such as foraminal narrowing in the spine that can lead to spinal disc issues and nerve root irritation.
If you feel you have been suffering from arthritis, schedule an appointment today to find out how we can help you get out of pain.