DJD Ruining Your Life

How a Healthy Back Becomes a Bad Back with DJD

DJD is the short term for degenerative joint disease or arthritis. DJD is so common that if you took a survey with your friends over the age of 40, you would find that greater than 80% of them have DJD in at least one part of their body, and the associated low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, or mid back pain.

Every joint in the body can be afflicted with joint disease but DJD (link to arthritis page) usually attacks certain joints more often than others. Here’s a list of the joints that are commonly attacked and the type of pain that results:

DJD Chart of Joints That May Be Afflicted and Symptoms Felt

Joint Location – Symptoms and Complications

Fingers – Finger pain, stiffness and decreased mobility

Wrist – Wrist pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion

Toes – Toe pain, stiffness and decreased mobility

Ankle – Ankle pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion

Knee – Knee pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility

Hip – Hip pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion

Shoulder – Shoulder pain, stiffness and decreased mobility

Neck – Neck pain, stiffness, decreased mobility and headaches

Mid back – Mid back pain, stiffness, decreased mobility, herniated disc

Lumbar Vertebrae – Low back pain, stiffness, decreased mobility, herniated disc

As you can see from the chart, DJD is associated with pain, stiffness and decreased mobility in every joint it affects. Because so many joints of the spine may be affected, it’s also easy to see that someone could develop a bad back when this happens.

Causes of DJD: One of Them is Preventable

Joints are composed of cartilage and other connective tissues, two bone surfaces, and often synovial membranes that secrete synovial fluid. The joints in the spine do not contain synovial fluid. Your body automatically creates the cartilage of joints from the food you eat. Your body extracts the nutrients out of what you eat and sends them to each part of your body that needs the nutrients.

If your intake of the nutrients that nourish the joints is low, the joints don’t get fed. Slowly, the joint structure starts degenerating and after several years, you receive a diagnosis of DJD. Thus, one of the causes of DJD is lack of nutrients, especially vitamin C, manganese and silica.

This is why many practitioners and back specialists have started adding supplements to the bad back treatment protocols for those with back pain. On the preventive side, if your diet and current supplements provide everything your joints need, you can prevent long recovery times of joints that need healing and repair.

How Sports and Daily Living Causes DJD

Another cause of DJD is trauma to a joint. If you’re active in sports, especially martial arts or football, it’s easy to get knee injuries when a blow occurs to one side of the knee.

Here are some other ways that you could develop DJD:

• car accidents

• falls down stairs, steps or sidewalks

• repetitive motions to a joint

• vibration applied to a joint

• fist fights, domestic violence incidents, and combat or survival training incidents

• improper use of weights or weight machines at the health club

• gymnastic mishaps

• wrestling, boxing or mixed martial arts traumas

Your goal should always be that injuries of any kind are always totally healed; but in reality, this doesn’t happen. Instead, the joint heals partially, and the person feels DJD pain twinges in the beginning, followed by full-blown DJD joint pain 20 years later. Injuries to the joints are the main cause of DJD pain and DJD later in life.

DJD could also result from a combination of poor nutrition and trauma to a joint. If a joint is traumatized on the football field and is not healing, this can be a good indication that nutrient deficiencies are also present.

When both factors occur simultaneously, there’s a much better chance of DJD lasting throughout one’s lifetime. However, now that you know the answer to recovery and healing of joints affected by DJD, it’s time to get started!