Common Causes of Degenerative Joint Disease

What is Degenerative Joint Disease?

Degenerative joint disease, also known as osteoarthritis, can occur anywhere in the body, but can be especially painful and limiting when it occurs in the neck or back. The main cause of arthritis is usually the natural aging process, but lifestyle factors such as posture and carrying extra weight can contribute to its development. Painful symptoms from this condition can make it hard to work, take a walk, or even cook dinner. Learning more about the causes of degenerative joint disease can help get you back to a full and active lifestyle.

BEST Health System believes that patient education is necessary during any course of medical treatment. Without proper information, patients are not able to make informed decisions when it comes to their health. Continue reading to learn more about the causes of degenerative joint disease, as well as common treatment options.

Common Causes of Degenerative Joint Disease

Along the rear of the spine, vertebrae are linked with adjacent vertebrae by paired structures known as facet joints. These joints allow the spine to be flexible while still being strong and stable enough to support the torso and head.

Over time, the cartilage that coats the surfaces of the facet joints that prevents the bones from grinding together wears away. The resulting bone-on-bone contact causes inflammation of these joints and localized pain. This can lead to the formation of bone spurs, which are the body’s attempts to provide stability and reduce friction. Bone spurs can compress nerves located near the facet joint, resulting in painful symptoms locally and throughout the body. While everyone is subject to wear and tear due to aging, there are indirect factors that can speed up this natural deterioration. 

Some of these potential degenerative joint disease causes include:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Obesity
  • Activities that involve repetitive motion

Treatment with BEST Health System’s Dr. Keith Girton

BEST Health System offers modern solutions to spine and orthopaedic conditions. Whether patients are seeking a diagnosis or they are ready for surgery, we offer comprehensive care. Dr. Keith Girton is one of our board-certified spine surgeons, offering premier spine care to patients throughout Ohio and the surrounding areas. 

Are you looking for relief from degenerative joint disease? BEST can help. Contact our dedicated team of care professionals today.