Answers to Common Spine Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about spine health.

What are the risk factors for spinal osteoarthritis?

Some factors involved in spinal osteoarthritis are gender, physical trauma, age and genetics, and tobacco use, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon.

Wear and tear of the joints that can happen as one gets older is another factor, according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationOff Site Icon. Over time and with more use, joints can degenerate, leading to osteoarthritis, according to the AAPMR. Obesity may contribute to the degeneration, so it’s important to maintain a healthy weight to avoid osteoarthritis in the hip, according to the AAPMR.

Ask your doctor about the risk factors involved with spinal osteoarthritis.

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Source: Jennifer Smail, MD, Pledger Orthopaedic Spine Center and Associates; Neal Mehan, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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