Questions? Call Toll-Free 1-

Contact us today. We're here for you seven days a week.

Contact Us By Phone 1-
Am I a Candidate for Surgery? Learn More
Request an MRI Review Submit Information

Degenerative Joint Disease Prevention


Degenerative Joint Disease Prevention

Degenerative joint disease (DJD), otherwise called spinal osteoarthritis, is a common condition affecting millions of Americans. Out of more than 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most frequently diagnosed form. Degenerative joint disease can occur in virtually any joint of the body. In the spinal column, it occurs when articular cartilage of the spinal facet joints breaks down, allowing the raw articular surfaces of the facet joints to rub together.

Factors exacerbating degenerative joint disease are difficult to define and vary with each individual. However, it is well-known that aging is a major factor in its development. Joint cartilage will lose water and weaken over time, therefore weakening this tissue. Total degenerative joint disease prevention is impossible. People exhibit signs of wear-and-tear within spinal facet joints at an older age. However, some steps can be taken by young and old people alike to delay spinal deterioration.

What can help prevent degenerative joint disease?

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight puts added stress on the weight-bearing areas of the body, including the spine.
  • Exercise to keep core muscles and joints strong.
  • Perform exercises and stretching specific to the lower back and neck, such as yoga.
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet.
  • Maintain the correct posture when standing and sitting.
  • Do not smoke cigarettes and limit the intake of alcohol. Smoking has been linked to the degeneration of the cartilaginous discs that lie between the vertebrae. Alcohol dehydrates, can contribute to weight gain and can negatively interact with many physiologic processes.

Laser Spine Institute

If preventative measures have failed and you are experiencing pain from degenerative joint disease in the back or neck, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive procedures have successfully helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck and back pain.

Need an immediate response?

Our live chat feature allows you to talk instantly with a representative.

  • - -

Download your free info packet on
Degenerative Joint Disease
& receive our e-newsletter.



What is Laser Spine Surgery? Can Laser Spine Institute Help You?

You can get these answers by attending a complimentary medical seminar.

Back to Health

Be inspired, informed and connected.

Expert answers, informational videos and inspiring stories of patients who returned to life at its fullest with Laser Spine Institute.


Laser Spine Wellness

Patient Reviews and Stories

Natalie Gulbis shares her story about her road to recovery from back pain after minimally invasive surgery.



Learn about Natalie Gulbis' Recovery

Meet our Physicians and Surgeons

Our medical professionals know that you expect excellence in terms of medical attention. We strive to go Above and Beyond your expectations and deliver quality, patient-centered care at each of our surgery centers.

Learn about our physicians & medical staff