You’ve only got one spine, so keeping it healthy is crucial—especially as you age, when risk of spine fracture becomes a significant concern.
Spine fractures may be caused by:
- Osteoporosis, a gradual loss of bone as you age, which contributes to at least 700,000 fractures per year in the United States [FACT CHECK, 2011; also 2016]
- Trauma, such as a car accident or fall
- Sports-related activities, such as weightlifting and gymnastics, that put excessive stress on the skeletal system
- Cancers, such as multiple myeloma, that weaken internal bone structure, leading to collapsed vertebrae