Degenerative joint disease — or osteoarthritis — can cause mild to severe joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. If you’re experiencing joint pain, David Silverberg, MD, at Silver State Orthopedics in Las Vegas can help you find a solution. Dr. Silverberg has advanced training and more than 15 years of experience in surgical care and treating severe pain. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your options for joint pain relief.
What is degenerative joint disease?
Degenerative joint disease (DJD) — also called osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis — is the most common cause of chronic joint pain in the United States. DJD can affect any joint in the body, but it shows up most commonly in the knees, hips, lower back, neck, and the joints of the fingers, thumb, and big toe.
DJD causes erosion of the protective cartilage found on the ends of your bones. This cartilage wears away over time, and without it, you experience stiffness, pain, swelling, and reduced range of motion. Bone spurs and inflammation can develop, making symptoms even worse.
Who does degenerative joint disease affect?
Degenerative joint disease can affect anyone, though it is most common in people over the age of 65. Degenerative changes in joints can show up much earlier — even in your 20s and 30s — but living a healthy lifestyle can slow the progression of these changes.
Risk factors for DJD include genes, increasing age, obesity, previous joint injuries, overuse of joints, and weak muscles. While some risk factors — like aging — are unavoidable, but others can be managed. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising safely, and strengthening your muscles can all reduce your risk.
How is degenerative joint disease diagnosed?
During an evaluation, Dr. Silverberg will ask about your medical history, family history, symptoms, and lifestyle.
He will also perform a physical exam, during which he will assess joints that are causing you problems, check your range of motion, and have you perform movements that may improve or worsen your pain.
If needed, Dr. Silverberg will order X-rays or MRIs. With this information, Dr. Silverberg will diagnose you and explain the severity of your condition and give you treatment options.
How is degenerative joint disease treated?
In the early stages, degenerative joint disease can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. If your condition is more complex or your pain is more severe, Dr. Silverberg may recommend corticosteroid injections.
In cases where physical therapy and medications are ineffective, surgery may be required to relieve pain and restore joint function. Dr. Silverberg performs a variety of joint surgeries, include joint replacement surgeries.
To start on your path to relieving your joint pain, click or call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Silverberg at Silver State Orthopedics today.