What is Degenerative Joint Disease?
Degenerative joint disease refers to the degradation of joints over time. The ends of bones are coated with a protective tissue called cartilage. This condition occurs when the cartilage disintegrates, resulting in the ends of the bones rubbing against each other.
This phenomenon can cause a range of problems. Most commonly, people feel pain and stiffness around affected areas.
Joint damage from wear and tear can also be attributed to the occurrence of this condition. Past injuries can tear cartilage, dislocate joints, and damage ligaments. These can all play a part in causing this disease.
Notably, degenerative joint disease can occur in your hands, fingertips, knees, hips, and spine (typically at the neck or lower back).
Symptoms of Degenerative Joint Disease
Symptoms of degenerative joint disease vary depending on the severity of the condition you may have and these can include:
How can Chiropractic help?
Diagnose the right condition for a personalised treatment
Our chiropractors will assess the cause and severity of your condition with a physical assessment during the consultation. In addition to the physical exam, we'll look into your past medical history and any recent X-ray results available to pinpoint the cause of the pain. Determining the source of the pain is essential to recommend the right method of treatment and rehabilitation. Treatment will be customised to your condition and these options can include:
To improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
Electrotherapy (TENS machine)
Provides therapeutic effect to enhance range of motion and alleviate your pain by penetrating tissue and reducing its tightness.
Providing long-term care as your healthcare partner
Whole-Body Treatment Approach
Our chiropractors adopt a whole-body treatment approach to evaluate your pain areas as a whole because other regions of the neck (cervical), mid back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) may be affected as well. We aim to treat the “whole person,” not just to treat your specific symptoms.
Advice on Posture, Exercises, Diet and Nutrition
In order to treat the root of chronic pains that are recurring over time, our chiropractors seek to understand your lifestyle and work demands so as to provide personalised patient-centric care and advice over a longer time horizon as your healthcare partner.