Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
As an orthopedic physician, I find the body’s skeletal system fascinating. The human body’s bones are amazing at growing, healing and supporting the entire body; bone shape and size vary dramatically throughout the body, yet each and every bone works together to allow us to perform incredibly complex tasks and feats of strength and coordination.
If you’re the least bit curious about the body’s skeletal system, I think you’ll enjoy this infographic from Cleveland Clinic, “13 Curious Facts About Your Bones,” which we’re sharing today on the Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Blog…
13 Facts About Bones
- The body actually “loses” bones as it grows! Though you’re born with approximately 300 bones, they fuse together during infancy and childhood into just 206 bones.
- Growth plates, located at the end of long bones in the arms and legs, remain open until late teenage years (for boys) and within two years of starting menstruation (girls). As long as these plates are open, the body continues to grow.
- Bone density continues to increase until around the age of 30, at which point bone density decreases without exercise, calcium and vitamin D. (For more on improving your bone health, check out this blog post.)
- Some broken bones are actually stronger after a break than they were before.
- Not only does the skeleton allow for movement, but it protects critical organs, produces blood cells, and stores and regulates minerals that are essential to the body’s function.
- You probably know that your femur is the longest bone, but do you know what the shortest bone is? The stapes in the middle ear is just 0.11 inches!
- The hand contains the most bones (54), which allow for many complex and coordinated activities.
- Bone is living tissue that continually replenishes itself. Every seven years or so you have a new skeleton!
- Teeth are bones. Though they lack collagen, they contain calcium and minerals.
- Men and women’s skeletons look mostly alike except for the size and shape of the pelvis.
- Not all joints move. For example, did you know that your cranium contains “joints,” though they’re completely immobile?
- Osteoarthritis is a condition that occurs when cartilage degenerates in the joint. Wondering if your joint pain could be arthritis? Take our online assessment.
- The “funny bone” isn’t a bone at all – it’s the ulnar nerve!
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