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20 Amazing Facts about the Spine

20 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE HUMAN SPINE 33 26 The spine is made up of 33 irregularly shaped bones called vertebrae 5 Adults only have 26 bones in their spine as some vertebrae fuse together as we grow The spinal cord is divided into five different regions (from top to bottom): 3 -7 cervical vertebrae - 12 thoracic vertebrae - 5 lumbar vertebrae -5 sacrum fused vertebrae - 4 coccyx fused vertebrae The spine has 3 important functions: active movement of the trunk support for the body & respiratory function - protection of the spinal cord & nerve structures 1 Both giraffes and humans have 7 vertebrae in their necks 430/450mm 35 grams Approximate length of female / male spinal cord Weight of spinal cord 3% 13.5M Astronauts returning from space can be up to 3% taller, gaining as much as 2 inches as cartilage discs expand in microgravity Number of neurons in the spinal cord 100+ There are over 100 joints contained in the spine 600/700mm Approximate length of female / male spinal column 2/3 The spine is so flexible it can bend far enough to form two thirds of a circle 4 The four coccyx vertebraes fuse together making the tail bone, an evolutionary remnant of the tail found in most other vertebrates 8 out of 10 People in the UK affected by back pain at some point in their life 220 120+ Number of ligaments in the spine There are over 120 muscles contained in the spine 1200 4 In the UK every year, there are around 1200 people paralysed from a spinal cord injury There are 4 primary motions of the spine: - flexion (forward) extension (backward) - side bending (left and right) - rotation ( turning on the central axis of the body) 40,000 Number of people in UK living with a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries are most commonly caused by road traffic accidents 8 Hours A person in the UK is paralysed every 8 hours Infographic by Loyalty Law Expert car accident and whiplash solicitors Loyalty Law the KLa Ser ta Sources:

20 Amazing Facts about the Spine

shared by tomblogger on Nov 26
The human spine is an incredible part of the human body. This infographic takes a closer look at this the facts and figures behind the spine.


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