Medical Dictionary: Degenerative joint disease
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Degenerative joint disease: Another name for Osteoarthritis.
Degenerative joint disease (condition): Most common type of arthritis typically from aging and wear-and-tear.
Degenerative joint disease (condition): Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis typically caused by age-related wear-and-tear. In diagnosis, it must be distinguished from other types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis (second-most common type, affecting younger adults and juveniles), and various types of secondary arthritis that are caused by an underlying condition: reactive arthritis caused by an infection, psoriatic arthritis from psoriasis, gonococcal arthritis from gonorrhea, and others. Other possible conditions with arthritis-like symptoms include ankylosing spondylitis (affecting the spine) and gout.
Degenerative joint disease:
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.
This is the form that usually comes with age and most often affects
the fingers, knees, and hips. Sometimes osteoarthritis follows an
injury to a joint.
For example, a young person might hurt his knee
badly playing soccer. Then, years after the knee has apparently
healed, he might get arthritis in his knee joint.
A sports injury to a knee when a person is young can lead to athritis years later.
Rheumatoid arthritis happens when the body's own defense system doesn't work properly. It affects joints, bones, and organs--often the hands and feet. You may feel sick or tired, and you may have a fever.
Other conditions can also cause arthritis. Some include:
Gout, in which crystals build up in the joints. It usually affects the big toe.
Lupus (LOOP-us), in which the body's defense system can harm the joints, the heart, the skin, the kidneys, and other organs.
Viral hepatitis (VY-rul HEP-ah-TY-tis), in which an infection of the liver can cause arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis can make it hard to hold a pencil or a brush.
Do I Have Arthritis?Top
Have a fever.
Have trouble breathing.
Get a rash or itch.
These symptoms may also be signs of other illnesses.
Having stiffness or pain when you move could be a sign of arthritis.
What Can I Do?Top
How Will the Doctor Help?Top
How Should I Use Arthritis Medicine?Top
What If I Still Hurt?Top
Take a warm shower.
Do some gentle stretching exercises.
Use an ice pack on the sore area.
Rest the sore joint.
If you still hurt after using your medicine correctly
and doing one or more of these things, call your doctor. Another kind
of medicine might work better for you. Some people can also benefit
from surgery, such as joint replacement. 1
More information on medical condition: Osteoarthritis:
- Introduction: Osteoarthritis
- Basic Summary for Osteoarthritis
- Types of Osteoarthritis
- Causes of Osteoarthritis
- Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis
- Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
- Complications of Osteoarthritis
- Diagnostic Tests for Osteoarthritis
- Misdiagnosis of Osteoarthritis
- Treatments for Osteoarthritis
- Prevention of Osteoarthritis
1. excerpt from Do I have Arthritis: NIAMS
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