Arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases (DJDs) are chronic conditions often resulting in pain and the loss of an active lifestyle and quality of life.

Types of Degenerative Joint Disease:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA), a condition in which cartilage wears down over time
  • Post-traumatic arthritis, which results from prior trauma, such as a fracture
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory arthritis of the joints
  • Avascular necrosis (AVN), a condition often seen in the hip, where the femoral head has lost a healthy supply of blood flow causing the bone to die and become misshapen

Who is most at risk for degenerative joint disease?

Risk factors for developing degenerative joint disease include age, gender, weight, and other medical conditions that affect the shape and stability of your joints.

Other factors can include:

  • A previous injury, such as a fracture or dislocation
  • Repetitive strain on the knee or hip joint
  • Improper joint alignment

Degenerative Joint Disease Treatments

Treatment options if you or a loved one suffer from Degenerative Joint Disease:

Nonsurgical Treatments

Surgical Treatments

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