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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.

Review Date 10/1/2017

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, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.