Diagnoses: Degenerative joint disease refers to a gradual “wear and tear,” in which the cartilage of the joints in the toes diminish over time.
Symptoms: Joints will typically be painful and inflamed, however severity is increased over time. Other symptoms could include:
- Pain with motion or vigorous activity
- Joint tenderness
- Swelling, warmth or redness
- Morning pain or pain after rest
- Difficulty walking
Causes: Degenerative Disc Disease develops with general wear and tear of the body. However, increased risk factors include smoking, obesity, heavy physical labor, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Treatment will be dependent on the patient and their response to exercise. Treatment might include:
- Mechanical diagnoses/treatment
- Stretching exercises
- Strengthening of muscles surrounding the joint
- Manual mobilizations
- Soft tissue mobilizations
- Task specific performance analysis