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Changes in spine with age

Changes in spine with age

Overview

The spine weakens with age, becoming more curved and more fragile.

Update Date 10/18/2015

Updated by: Gordon A. Starkebaum, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.