What Are The Causes of Spondylosis?


The often painful degradation of your spine is called spondylosis. Osteoarthritis, aging, and wear-and-tear on your spine are the reasons. You can be more susceptible to spondylosis if your spine has already been harmed.

Spondylosis comes in three different forms, each calling for the location of the issues. First, the top seven (C1-C7) vertebrae (your spine’s bones) are affected by cervical spondylosis. The neck is sometimes referred to as the “cervix.” Next, your lower back’s five vertebrae are affected by lumbar spondylosis (L1-L5).

Finally, your thoracic vertebrae are affected by thoracic spondylosis (the middle vertebrae of your back [T1-T12]). In the center of your back, having spondylosis is unusual.

Causes of Spondylosis

In the course of daily life, the protective cartilage and bones in the neck region are quite vulnerable to wear and tear. The disorder known as cervical spondylosis or spondylitis neck might result from this. Spondylosis may result from several factors, such as:

1. Age:

 Age-related phenomena include spondylosis. The spine’s bones and ligaments deteriorate with time, resulting in bone spurs (osteoarthritis).

2. Genetics:

 Spondylosis risk factors could include a person’s genetic makeup. There is probably a larger hereditary propensity to spondylosis if several spondylosis sufferers are in a family.

3. Injury:

 The aging process of the spinal cord may be sped up if you’ve suffered a neck injury in an accident or fall, which can cause spondylosis.

4. Stiffness of the ligament:

 As you age, the strong cords that hold your spinal bones together may stiffen, even more, impairing neck motion and causing a tightening sensation.

5. Overuse:

 Certain professions or pastimes require heavy lifting or repetitive motions (such as construction work). This may increase spinal pressure and cause early wear and tear.

6. Bone Spurs:

 The body may be attempting to create more bone to strengthen the spine if the bones in the neck or spine are growing excessively. The spinal cord, nerves, and surrounding muscles are all delicate areas of the spine, and the growth of extra bones could begin pressing on these areas, causing pain and discomfort.

7. Herniated Discs:

 This occurs due to the spinal discs developing cracks. The interior cushioning substance might seep out via these fractures. By pressing on the nerves and spinal cord, the substance may cause spondylosis signs, including pain that radiates down the arms and numbness.

8. Dehydrated Spinal Discs: 

There are discs between the spine’s bones. The discs are substantial, paddy-like cushions that aid in relieving stress from twisting, lifting, and other strenuous tasks. However, with time, the gel-like substance that was present between the discs of the spine bones may have dried away. This would cause the spinal vertebrae, or bones that make up the spine, to rub against one another, which might be quite painful. Typically, this process begins when a person becomes 40.

Spondylosis, back pain, neck discomfort, and other related issues affect around eighty percent of persons over fifty at some point in their lives. About eighty percent of these people never need any medical attention. And twenty percent of people need treatment, but in eighty percent of those cases, the issue may be remedied by physiotherapy and medication alone, without the need for surgical intervention.

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Spondylosis is a condition that impacts the spine that is quite prevalent, and it is expected that the majority of individuals will acquire some degree of spondylosis as they become older. However, many people may have no indications, or their signs will be quite light.

However, a surgeon may be recommended by a physician if a person’s level of discomfort is significant and if numbing and weakening are affecting their quality of life.

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Dr. Eshan Nerkar

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Dr. Eshan Nerkar, Consultant Brain & Spine Surgeon in Nashik specializes in Spine Surgery. He practices at AXON Brain & Spine Clinic. He is one of the best neurosurgeons in Nashik with more than 10 years of experience. He has performed more than 1000 surgeries related to brain and spinal surgery procedures.

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