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Degenerative joint disease — three natural remedies that can offer relief

Degenerative joint disease is another term for osteoarthritis, which refers to joint inflammation caused by the natural breakdown of the cartilage that lines the joints. Due to natural age-related changes, this joint lining can begin to dry out and break down, causing increased bone-on-bone contact and friction.

The spinal joints, or facet joints, are especially prone to this due to the amount of pressure the spine withstands on a daily basis. Degenerative joint disease in the spine can cause local aches and stiffness as well as radiating symptoms that travel to the extremities. As an alternative to conventional treatments like medication, many patients are interested in natural remedies that can offer relief from this condition. Although some natural options are outside of the medical mainstream, it is still worth asking your doctor about the potential benefits that natural remedies may be able to offer for spinal degenerative joint disease.

Ask your doctor about these three natural remedies

  1. Taking a bath with salts and essential oils. Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salts and an essential oil such as lavender can help relax the spine and reduce inflammation in the joints.
  2. Using an ice pack. This is an easy natural remedy that can help relieve local pain and inflammation in a problem area. It is generally recommended to apply cold to an area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
  3. Trying herbal remedies. There are many herbs that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, including ginger, turmeric, eucalyptus and aloe. Seek out a reputable and licensed herbalist who can help you find the best options for your condition.

Other treatments for degenerative joint disease

For a large number of people, combining natural remedies with conventional conservative options like physical therapy, facet joint injections and medication can lead to lasting relief and a return to normal activities. However, surgery to treat degenerative joint disease in the spine may become necessary if symptoms do not respond to nonsurgical treatments, or if pain suddenly worsens.

Contact USA Spine Care to learn about the many advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery if you are considering your surgical options for degenerative joint disease. Our outpatient procedures offer a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.

To learn more, reach out to our team today and ask for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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