What is the cause of spondylosis?

Spondylosis is not a condition itself — rather, it is a general term used to describe the many forms of spinal degeneration — like spinal osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease — caused by the natural aging process. Therefore, it can easily be concluded that spondylosis is caused by aging.

Why does the spine degenerate as we age?

The spine is just like other parts of the body — as we age, the various parts of the spine, like the discs and the facet joints, begin to wear down. However, the effects of spinal degeneration can be more noticeable than degeneration that occurs elsewhere in the body. This is because the spine withstands a great deal of stress on a regular basis to allow us to make the twisting and bending motions we perform daily.

Risk factors of spondylosis

While aging is at the root of spondylosis, there are a number of factors that can cause a person’s spine to degenerate at a more rapid rate. These factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Sustaining a traumatic injury
  • Playing high-impact sports
  • Working a job that requires repetitive bending or twisting motions

All of the risk factors mentioned above put excess stress on the spine. Additionally, some people may be genetically predisposed to experience a faster rate of spinal degeneration. Therefore, it is especially important for someone with a family history of spine conditions to be extra vigilant about their spine health.

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