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What are the risk factors of cervical osteoarthritis (cervical spondylosis)?

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Aging is the main reason behind cervical osteoarthritis (cervical spondylosis). In most people over age 50, the discs between the vertebrae become less spongy and provide less of a cushion. Bones and ligaments get thicker and press into the space of the spinal canal.

You also might be more likely to get it if you’ve injured your neck before, or have poor posture. The condition happens more often in gymnasts, athletes, and others who put a lot of stress on their necks.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cervical Spondylosis."

North American Spine Society: "Cervical Stenosis & Myelopathy."

NHS Choices: "Causes of Cervical Spondylosis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cervical Spondylosis."

North American Spine Society: "Cervical Stenosis & Myelopathy."

NHS Choices: "Causes of Cervical Spondylosis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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