Why a Skeleton is the Best Halloween Costume Spectacular Spine Facts
- posted: May 30, 2018
It’s that time of the year again where folks dress up as all sorts of scary things. But if you really want yourself or your kids to be dressed as something special, consider a skeleton. The fact is that the human skeleton is incredibly designed to support the body’s muscles, tissue, and organs. The spine, in particular, is a true marvel. Let’s take a closer look at some spine facts you may find astounding.
Born with More Vertebrae
Did you know that we are actually born with 33 vertebrae? As we grow up, some of these bones fuse together to form the tailbone and sacrum. An adult will also have 5 lumbar vertebrae (lower back), 12 thoracic vertebrae (mid and upper back), and 7 cervical vertebrae (the neck) for a total of 26.
The Amazing Cervical Spine
Humans and giraffes have the same number of neck bones! This really shows how flexible the spine is. The C1 or top cervical vertebra is also called the atlas. It is named after Atlas in Greek mythology who supported the world on his shoulders. In like manner, the atlas bone holds up the head, and it is responsible for up to 50% of the head’s mobility.
Muscles and Joints and Ligaments
The spine is operated by more than 120 different muscles. About 220 ligaments attach the bones and cartilage to hold all of the joints in place. In fact, there are over 100 joints in place that result in the incredible flexibility of the spine from top to bottom. And more than a quarter of the spine is actually made up of cartilage.
The Strength of the Spine
The strength of bones in the back is incredible. Each bone can withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure. This allows the spine to successfully protect the spinal cord from damage in most cases. In fact, it usually takes something like a car accident or a fall from high up in order to damage the spine.
Beautiful but Sometimes Painful
Did you know that as much as 80% of the US population will suffer from back pain at one time or another? You don’t have to suffer from chronic back problems to benefit from chiropractic. If an acute attack springs up, Dr. Ward will be happy to evaluate your spine and provide the necessary adjustment. Call (703) 672-1661 or request an appointment online!