In most cases, cervical spondylosis occurs as a result of degenerative changes in the spine during aging. Intervertebral discs become dry and thin around the time you turn 40. Disc degeneration can cause herniation – one of the signs of cervical spondylosis. Aging in the cervical region of the spine also can lead to signs of spondylosis, such as bone spurs on the vertebral body or facet joints.
With age, ligaments that bind the spine together become thickened and stiff. This condition also can cause symptoms of cervical spondylosis. Usually, cervical spondylosis occurs in older people, but some factors can contribute to its development early in life. One main cause is an injury to the cervical region of the spine. Holding your cervical spine in an uncomfortable position for prolonged periods can contribute to the development of spondylosis. Many scientists believe that cervical spondylosis is a genetic disease, which children inherit from their parents.