How can spondylosis be prevented?
Like many other conditions, spondylosis is associated with certain risk factors that can increase the likelihood of its occurrence. For instance, people who smoke are more likely to be diagnosed with spondylosis than those who don’t use tobacco products.
Other spondylosis risk factors include:
- Playing contact sports — frequent impacts can damage the spine
- Being overweight — carrying excess body weight can strain the neck and back
- Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle — inactivity can cause the joints to become stiff and the spine to lose its range of motion
All of that said, age-related degeneration is the most common cause of spondylosis. But, since aging can’t be avoided, most people choose to control what they can to lower their risk of spinal degeneration.
People who are looking to reduce their risk of spondylosis might want to quit smoking, take up a low-impact exercise program or make healthier dietary choices to maintain a more appropriate BMI. For the best results, any lifestyle changes should first be discussed with (and later supervised by) an experienced physician.
When it comes to spondylosis causes and risk factors, though, it’s important to keep in mind that anyone can experience spinal degeneration at any time. It’s possible to have a mild degree of the condition without even knowing it.
When symptoms occur, conservative treatment might be all that’s necessary to achieve meaningful relief. For instance, depending on the severity of the spinal degeneration, over-the-counter medications and targeted stretches can be highly effective for treating mild-to-moderate spondylosis symptoms. More extensive symptoms, on the other hand, might require more advanced care. At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive surgery to address spinal degeneration, offering certain individuals a safer and effective alternative to traditional operations.^
If you’ve been diagnosed with spondylosis and would like to learn more about our approach to treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can review* your MRI for free to help you find out if you’re a candidate for our outpatient procedures.