Degenerative Joint Disease
Degenerative Joint Disease is also known as Osteoarthritis. DJD is also thought to be chronic wear and tear disease. The cause is typically chronic repetitive motion that initiates an inflammatory response in the joint itself. This inflammatory response can create a cycle of joint breakdown and inflammation. You can think of DJD as wrinkles in the body, it is a natural aging process of the body that may cause pain in some people, however, many people do not experience any symptoms from DJD.
How KCR can help!
At Kalamazoo Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, you will be taken through a thorough medical history and full body assessment to make sure you receive a proper diagnosis. In most cases, treatment will begin on your first visit once we decide that conservative care (i.e. without the use of surgery, drugs, or injections) is right for you.
A majority of muscle, joint, and nerve pain can be resolved quickly -within days to weeks- with a proper movement assessment and treatment strategy. If your pain changes while moving this is typically a sign that movement
Dr. Kopp uses a combination of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Method) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to assess and treat both pain from DJD and the function of the joint that is causing you pain.
Once we have found a movement or movements that decrease your symptoms and improve how your body is functioning, you are on the way to living life the way you want! If your condition is something we are unable to treat in the office, Dr. Kopp will know within the first few visits. He will then recommend the correct medical provider that can find a solution for you.