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Your Spine By The Numbers

1. The spine is made up of 33 irregularly shaped bones called vertebrate
2. Adults only have 26 bones in their spine as some vertebrae fuse together as we grow
3. The Spine has 3 important functions: active movement of the trunk, support for the body and respiratory function and protection of the spinal cord and nerve structures
4. The approximate length of a female spinal cord is 430mm, a male spinal cord is approximately 450mm.
5. Astronauts returning from space can be up to 3% taller, gaining as much as 2 inches as cartilage discs expand in microgravity.
6. There are over 100 joints contained in the spine
7. The spine is so flexible it can bend far enough to form two thirds of a circle. 
8. 8 out of 10 people are affected by back pain at some point in their life. 
9. 12,000 Americans are paralyzed from spinal cord injuries each year. 
10. 200,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury.  Most are caused by auto accidents.
11. The spinal cord is divided into 5 different regions - 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacrum fused, 4 coccyx fused vertebrae
12. Both giraffes and humans have 7 vertebrae in their necks. 
13. The weight of a spinal cord is 35 grams.
14. There are 13.5 million neurons in the spinal cord.
15. Female spinal columns are approximately 600 mm in length, males are approximately 700mm.
16. The 4 coccyx vertebrae fuse together making the tail bone, an evolutionary remnant of the tail found on most other vertebrae.
17. There are 220 ligaments in the spine.
18. The spine has 4 primary motions: flexion, extension, side bending and rotation. 
19. Four people are paralyzed every second from spinal injury.
20. 30,000,000 people regularly use chiropractic care to maintain spinal health.



Disc Degeneration Help

Cervical and lumbar disc degeneration is caused by a long term lack of proper motion of the vertebral segments. This lack of proper motion is generally caused by trauma that patients may have experienced years ago.
Disc degeneration can lead to several other spinal conditions as the discs continue to deteriorate. Bone spurs, disc herniation, and spinal stenosis are a few conditions that may result from degenerative disc disease.
Severe degenerative disc disease can limit your range of motion. As your intervertebral discs lose water, flexibility, and height, your vertebrae lose their cushion and begin to rub against each other. It is, therefore, very important to catch this condition early.
Through the use of spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage, exercise and spinal decompression  normal motion of those segments can be restored, eliminating symptoms and restoring motion and function.