Spondylosis

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This is a term used to describe the changes that are observed in the facet joints and intervertebral discs in our spine as we age. These changes in the spine are most commonly seen in those who are over the age of 50 and will progress as time goes by. As you get older the bones, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage in your spine and neck start to deteriorate and your back begins to weaken. This can then lead to herniated discs or bone spurs to just name a few of the possible conditions (kyphosis definition).

Not everyone with Spondylosis will show signs of the condition and it is possible to have Spondylosis and not have any symptoms that would affect your life enough that treatment or even surgery is needed. It is only the unlucky few that present with symptoms that are persistent and need to be addressed in some way.

Spondylosis Causes
The cause for Spondylosis is age, everyday use puts a lot of stress on the back and over time this starts to deteriorate the structures in the spine. This is a gradual process and will take years to fully develop. The good thing is there are precautions you may take to limit its impact on your life if you are diagnosed early enough and before it becomes severe. If your back pain is lasting more than a week or two or keeps reoccurring it is always best that you contact your doctor; just about the worst thing you can do when you are dealing with back pain is to ignore it.

Spondylosis Risk Factors
There are several factors that can increase your chances of developing Spondylosis that causes pain and other symptoms; these are:

Age
This is the major cause for Spondylosis and is not something you can avoid. Not everyone will have the same amount of wear and tear on the spine though. This is because it can be can be linked to injuries you have had in the past, your job (some are harder on the body), or even the types of activities you enjoyed.

Injury
Injuries to the back can increase the chances of developing this condition and every time you injure the back you weaken it making it more susceptible to further injury.

Smoking
Smoking is very damaging to the back, it can affect the discs in your spine and as they weaken it can injure the rest of your spine curvature.

Sedentary Lifestyles
Those who are not active tend to have weak back muscles that are not able to support the spine properly, when this happens it is much easier for your back to become injured, this is why it is very important to keep fit and active no matter what age you are.