San Francisco Chiropractor and Chronic Back Pain Doctor Comments:
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis (inflammation of a joint) that is caused by a breakdown of cartilage in the joints...including the joints of the spine. Osteoarthritis is also know as degenerative joint disease, or DJD.
DJD usually occurs in weight bearing joints like the knees, hips, and spine...but can occur in other joints like the wrist and fingers.
The cartilage loses it's elasticity with DJD, which can cause the muscles, ligaments, and tendons to become stretched and overworked...a chain reaction. This can lead to chronic pain, inflammation, and loss of motion.
Chiropractic care can often times help DJD...but one of the best things you can do is exercise. Some exercises can make you worse, so you have to be careful. A good spine doctor or physical therapist will usually know the right exercises to prescribe.