Lumbar Degenerative Joint Disease

About Lumbar Degenerative Joint Disease

Lumbar degenerative joint disease, also called “osteoarthritis” affects millions of people in America. This disease is caused by the wear and tear of the cartilage. Osteoarthritis of the spine can affect different joints in the body, such as those in the hands, knees, hips, and cervical spine.

While there are many causes of back pain, the most common cause is a disorder of the lumbar intervertebral discs. Just like degenerated disc disease, the lumbar degenerated joint disease specifically affects the facet joints, the cartilage between the bones that make up the spine, and the ligaments in the spine.

As you age, these cartilage coating the facet joints can gradually wear away. Your invertebral discs are made mainly of water. These lumbar spine discs can dehydrate as you become older. This can cause the discs in your spine to narrow and put high pressure on facet joints.



The symptoms of the degenerative joint disease will depend on the location of the joint and its affected areas. Symptoms can be the following:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Muscle spasm or a pinched nerve
  • Loss of motion
  • Standing and walking can be difficult
  • Loss of the normal lumbar curvature
  • Stiffness in the joints.
  • Pain with excess activity
  • Localized swelling at the joint
Graphical model of 'Lumbar Degenerated Disc' Disease


Treatment of degenerative joint disease or injury will depend upon its condition. When spine surgeons treating spine problems, they use  different treatment options including:

  • Rest
  • Apply ice or heat
  • Exercise
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Physical Therapy
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

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