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Spondylosis is an age-related change of the bones (vertebrae) and discs of the spine. These changes are often called degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis.
When this condition occurs in the lower back, it's called lumbar spondylosis. Cervical spondylosis occurs in the cartilage disks and bones of the neck.
Risk Factors for Spondylosis
People who are very active at work or in sports may be more likely to develop spondylosis. The major risk factor is aging. By age 60, most people show signs of spondylosis on x-ray. Other factors that can make someone more likely to develop spondylosis are:
- Being overweight and not exercising
- Having a job that requires heavy lifting or a lot of bending and twisting
- Past neck injury (often several years before)
- Past spine surgery
- Ruptured or slipped disk
- Severe arthritis
Learn more about spondylosis by watching an educational video.