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What Are the Causes, Symptoms, and Risk Factors of Spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a form of arthritis brought about by spinal wear and tear. This condition occurs when there is a growth of bone spurs on the vertebrae or when there is degeneration of joints and discs. There are several forms of Spondylosis, including thoracic, lumbar, and multilevel Spondylosis. But according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AANS), nearly 90% of people 60 years and older have cervical Spondylosis. While most Spondylosis patients experience mild stiffness and pain, you’ll want to work closely with the team at Spine Center of Texas to find out about advanced treatment options.

Causes of Spondylosis

Spondylosis is an age-related condition. As people grow old, ligaments and bones in the spine get worn out, causing osteoarthritis.

Also, the weakening and degeneration of intervertebral discs might cause the discs to bulge besides herniated discs.

Many patients suffering from Spondylosis might have a history of injuries; genetic factors also play a significant role in causing the disease.

Symptoms of Spondylosis

Interestingly, the majority of patients whose condition comes from aging experience no signs. Others get the symptoms for some time, and then they disappear.

In typical cases of Spondylosis, the symptoms are mild pain, and there is stiffness that might be triggered by sudden movements or long periods of sitting and inactivity.

In more severe cases, the symptoms are as follows.

  • Severe headaches
  • Poor coordination and impairment
  • Pain and muscle spasms
  • Grinding/popping sound in the spine when you move your neck
  • Weakness in the limbs
  • Challenges when walking plus balance loss
  • Inability to control bowel or bladder movements

Risk factors

While the primary cause of Spondylosis is wear and tear, there are risk factors that are determined by individuals and their lifestyles. They include:

  • Genetic/hereditary issues
  • Being obese
  • Leading sedentary lifestyles without exercise
  • Taxing jobs that require constant weight-bearing action involving the spine
  • Spinal injuries or post-spinal surgery
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Smoking

For severe and persistent pain, seeking your doctor’s advice is advisable. Contact Spine Center of Texas in San Antonio, New Braunfels, or Seguin to schedule an appointment and find out more about the best treatment options for you.