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Does age cause bone and joint arthritis?

Does age cause bone and joint arthritis
As a chiropractor of 30 years and having a deep understanding of spinal health, I am often confronted with questions about age-related spinal degeneration.

Many individuals believe that their spines are destined to degenerate as they grow older, causing concerns about chronic pain and reduced mobility.

However, I want to shed light on the reality of spinal health and set straight the misconception that age alone is the primary cause of degeneration.

I want to share insights from a chiropractor’s perspective and offer guidance on how to maintain a healthy spine throughout life.

Understanding Spinal Health

As a chiropractor, I view the spine as the central pillar of our body, supporting and protecting our most vital system, the nervous system, while allowing for movement and flexibility.

The spine comprises vertebrae, intervertebral discs, facet joints, ligaments, and muscles, all working harmoniously to create a stable and functional structure.

Factors Influencing Spinal Health

  1. Genetics: While genetics can influence an individual’s predisposition to certain spinal conditions, it does not necessarily determine the extent of spinal degeneration with age. Genetic factors only serve as one piece of the puzzle.
  2. Lifestyle Choices: From my experience, I have witnessed the significant impact of lifestyle choices on spinal health. Modern use of phones, computers and other sedentary activities can be detrimental. Engaging in regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and practicing proper posture are essential for preserving spinal integrity.
  3. Injury and Trauma: Past injuries, accidents, or repetitive stress on the spine can create imbalances that lead to spinal issues over time. As a chiropractor, I am well-equipped to identify and address these underlying problems.
  4. Nutrition and Hydration: Providing my patients with guidance on proper nutrition and hydration is vital for supporting spinal health. Nutrient-rich foods and adequate hydration help maintain the health of intervertebral discs and other spinal tissues.

Spinal Degeneration and Aging

From my perspective as a chiropractor, I acknowledge that some age-related changes occur in the spine.

Spinal discs may lose some water content and elasticity, leading to disc degeneration.

Additionally, general wear and tear over the years can contribute to age-related spinal changes.

Should Your Spine Degenerate with Age?

I firmly believe that age-related spinal degeneration should not be regarded as an inevitable fate.

As a chiropractor, I emphasize that proactive spinal care can significantly impact how well your spine ages.

Regular chiropractic visits can help optimize spinal alignment, mobility, and overall health, allowing you to enjoy a better quality of life as you grow older.

Taking Care of Your Spine

  1. Chiropractic Care: Regular visits to a chiropractor can help identify and address spinal issues before they progress. Through spinal adjustments, health advice, and personalized exercise programs, I work to promote optimal spinal health.
  2. Lifestyle Choices: Encouraging my patients to adopt healthy lifestyle choices is an integral part of my practice. I emphasize the importance of regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and practicing good posture to support the spine.
  3. Preventive Care: As a chiropractor, I advocate for preventive care. Even if you are not

experiencing noticeable spinal issues, regular check-ups can catch minor imbalances before

they develop into major concerns.

As a chiropractor, I am passionate about promoting lifelong spinal health.

I want to debunk the myth that age alone dictates the degeneration of your spine.

By understanding the factors that influence spinal health and embracing proactive care, you can significantly reduce the risk of age-related spinal issues and enjoy a healthy, mobile, and pain-free spine throughout your life.

Remember, your spine is a precious asset, and nurturing it with chiropractic care and healthy lifestyle choices is an investment in your overall well-being and quality of life.

If you are concerned about degeneration and you’d like to know more, please call us on (02) 6257 9400.

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