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Spondylosis, also known as spinal arthritis, is a "side effect" of aging unknown to most people. It essentially means spine degeneration. Your spine may begin to show signs of wear and tear after years of carrying your body's weight, absorbing shock from movement, and dealing with the demands of daily life. Spondylosis is this entirely normal aging process. It may affect your neck (cervical spine), your mid-back (thoracic spine) or your low back (lumbar spine). Spondylosis is progressively ongoing, which is why over the past year or two you've noticed increasing neck pain. As you age, the external signs can be easily noticed: for example, gray hair. However, your body also has a lot of changes. One of them is that the intervertebral disks (the "cushions" in your spine between your vertebrae) may lose water content, making them less effective. Losing water content makes your disks thinner, preventing your spine from moving as easily as possible. Cartilage covers the facet joints that link vertebrae together and help you move. The cartilage may begin to erode when the intervertebral disks are thin. In an effort to help yourself, your body then creates bone spurs (osteophytes). The bone spurs can rub together, however, causing inflammation in the joints of the facet; this is called osteoarthritis, a common form of spondylosis.


But all these degenerative changes are occurring gradually. They also occur on a very individual and timeline basis. Just as some people go gray faster, some people develop spondylosis symptoms faster. Degenerative changes in the spine may also occur, but no pain. Since degenerative changes are a normal part of aging, we are all likely to have some form of these changes; however, we may not all have pain. But all these degenerative changes are occurring gradually. They also occur on a very individual and timeline basis. Just as some people go gray faster, some people develop spondylosis symptoms faster. Degenerative changes in the spine may also occur, but no pain. Since degenerative changes are a normal part of aging, we are all likely to have some form of these changes; however, we may not all have pain. All that to say: how spondylosis will affect you is hard to predict. I can reassure you that it may not be very noticeable beyond the neck pain you have already experienced since it is a gradual degeneration process.


First of all, it is very important to remain in shape because a healthy body is usually less prone to degenerative processes. That's why I would say you don't have to worry about stopping tennis and golf— these activities should be helpful as they keep you moving! You can also focus on exercises that strengthen your neck muscles as part of your overall fitness. Muscles that support your cervical spine better will make it easier for your neck to move. Second, while you're still in the workplace, while sitting on the computer, you should watch your posture. Most of us tend to hunch over, slump the shoulders and put excess pressure on the neck. Learn how to sit at the computer and then go to work to protect your neck. Finally, because if you have pain, you can try non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) over - the-counter, or your doctor may prescribe something stronger for periods of acute pain. There are patients with some good results who tried glucosamine and/or chondroitin sulfate. These are glycosaminoglycans which can be taken in combination or separately. They are made from natural sources, and the symptoms of spondylosis have been shown to improve at times.


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Spondylosis, also known as spinal arthritis, is a "side effect" of aging unknown to most people.

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Spondylosis, also known as spinal arthritis, is a "side effect" of aging unknown to most people.

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