Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease. It is characterized by a degeneration of the joint cartilage. If a joint is improperly aligned, there will be an uneven distribution of weight on the joint cartilage which may cause excessive wear & tear. Chiropractic care can realign the joint to make a more even weight distribution, which will reduce abnormal cartilage wear. Due to the improved function, the pain is often decreased.