The head moves forward and the neck becomes stiff.
The upper back curves forward (kyphosis).
The normal curve in the low back flattens.
The hips may become stiff and not straighten completely.
People often keep their knees bent a little to make up for the changed curves in their back and stiffness in their hips. This bending of the knees causes the body to shift back a little so it's easier to balance and to see straight ahead.
Current as ofApril 1, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Richa Dhawan, MD - Rheumatology
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Richa Dhawan, MD - Rheumatology