Not sure where to post this, but I've always wondered about how much heredity plays a part in spine problems. My problems began in 1998 (cervical) not due to an injury - and progressed to lumbar two years ago. My mother had two spine surgeries in the '70's - but made a complete recovery from both. But she was in the hospital for approx. ten (?) days after each surgeries. she was also a smoker.