While it’s often a shock for patients to hear that they have arthritis in their spine, research has shown that anyone past their teenage years will start experiencing some structural changes. Some degeneration is genetic and structural – like how the spine is made, aligned (scoliosis can cause uneven wear and tear), and how big the bony openings are (canal). Degeneration can be accelerated by past injuries. If you twist your ankles when you are young, that joint can become arthritic later.
Some degeneration can be modulated by making lifestyle and behavioral changes like making ergonomic changes at work or in the car, working on posture, strengthening the core improving your diet and nutritional status, and cessation of smoking. Dr. Mukai recently shared her expertise with NextAvenue. Learn more about the effects of posture and quick steps to check your desk at home or work through a quick read on nextavenue.org.