Lumbar Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Lumbar Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Degenerative joint disease (DJD), also known as osteoarthritis, of the lumbar spine is a condition in which the protective cartilage of the bones in the lower back wears down or degenerates, leading to inflammation and pain.  It may also lead to development of bone spurs, which can affect movement in the joints of the lower back or even put pressure on the nerves exiting the spinal column.  DJD is often the result of aging.  One may be more at risk for DJD if they are overweight, work at a job or play sports that put repetitive stress on the back.


The common symptoms of lumbar DJD include pain and stiffness in your lower back.  The pain may be worse during activity and relieved with rest.  Often there is weakness in the back and abdominal muscles, and loss of movement in the lower back.  If it is causing compression on one or more of your nerves, you may experience pain, weakness, numbness or tingling down your legs.

Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center is here to help

Because of the wide variety of symptoms, our skilled physical therapists will perform a thorough examination of the back, pelvis and lower extremities.  Following the exam, your physical therapist will work with you to create a plan of care that best suits your personal goals and needs.

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