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What causes degenerative spinal diseases?

Degenerative spinal diseases are typically caused by normal wear and tear to the spinal column and surrounding soft tissue as we age. If your job or lifestyle puts additional strain on your neck or back, you can increase the rate at which this wear and tear occurs. This wear and tear can lead to a slipped or herniated disk, the narrowing of the spinal canal, or a breakdown in the cartilage of the spinal joints. Tumors, infections, arthritis, or muscles strains can also lead to degenerative spinal diseases.

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