Preventing degenerative joint disease

Degenerative joint disease (DJD), otherwise called spinal osteoarthritis or arthritis of the spine, is a common condition affecting millions of Americans. Out of more than 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most frequently diagnosed form, and it commonly develops in the facet joints of the spine.

Because the facet joints are responsible for bringing the vertebrae of the spine together and allowing them to hinge and bend, the inflammation of the facet joints due to a degenerative joint disease like osteoarthritis can be painful and can result in limited movement. To learn tips on how to prevent degenerative joint disease, as well as the treatments available if your condition has become severe, read the following article.

Preventing degenerative joint disease

Degenerative joint disease can occur when the cartilage around the facet joints wears down over time. Although the most common cause of degenerative joint disease is the natural aging process of the spine, there are some lifestyle factors that can help you avoid or slow down the potential development of this condition. These lifestyle changes will help promote overall spinal health so you can have your best chance against degenerative joint disease.

Some of the most important preventative methods of degenerative joint disease include:

  • Managing weight, because excess weight puts added stress on the weight-bearing areas of the body, including the spine
  • Exercising to keep core muscles and joints strong
  • Stretching, specific to the neck and lower back, such as yoga or Pilates
  • Maintaining a well-balanced diet
  • Having a good posture
  • Not smoking cigarettes, which have been linked to the degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae
  • Limiting the intake of alcohol, which can contribute to weight gain and increase your risk of damaged discs and joints

Treatment for degenerative joint disease

If preventive measures have not stopped the development of joint disease, and you are experiencing pain in the neck or back, contact the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute. We offer minimally invasive spine surgery that helps reduce the inflammation in the facet joints so you can return to your normal lifestyle.

Depending on the location and severity of your degenerative joint disease, information about our minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery will be provided. Reach out to us today and ask for a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery.