Why does spondylosis get worse as you get older?

If you’ve been diagnosed with spondylosis, you’re probably wondering what that means and how it may affect you in the future. Spondylosis refers to the deterioration of the spine that occurs over time as a result of the natural aging process. It’s actually an umbrella term that describes a number of degenerative spine conditions, including spinal osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. Because these conditions are caused by aging, they tend to progressively worsen over time.

Everyday movements like twisting and bending over place pressure on the spine. Over the course of a lifetime, these repeated movements add up and cause the various parts of the spine to begin wearing down. This natural process can be accelerated by a number of factors, such as carrying excess weight or sustaining a traumatic injury.

Most people develop at least some degree of spondylosis as they age. In many cases, however, the spinal degeneration associated with spondylosis doesn’t lead to any chronic symptoms, meaning that someone may be completely unaware of his or her condition. In some cases, however, the degeneration can lead to the development of other spine conditions, including the following:

  • Bone spurs
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Spinal stenosis

If someone who has spondylosis develops one of these conditions, there is a greater chance that he or she will begin to notice symptoms, which may include pain, stiffness and difficulty twisting or bending over.

If you’re living with spondylosis and you’ve begun experiencing the symptoms discussed above, please contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how we may be able to help. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a clinically appropriate alternative and provides many advantages versus open neck or back surgery.^ We would be happy to perform a free MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.