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No Bones About it! Fun Facts About Bones in the Human Body.

Bones function as the structural elements of the skeleton in the human body, protecting organs from impact damage and allowing body parts to move. Bones are also responsible for the production of red and white blood cells in the body.

Did you also know:

  • The adult human body has 206 bones

  • There are 26 bones in the human foot, the human hand, including the wrist, contains 54 bones

  • By age 20, the average woman has acquired 90 percent of her skeletal mass

  • The femur is the longest and strongest bone of the human skeleton

  • The stapes, in the middle ear, is the smallest and lightest bone of the human skeleton

  • Arms are among the most commonly broken bones, accounting for almost half of all adults' broken bones. The collarbone is the most commonly broken bone among children

  • Bones stop growing in length during puberty. However, bone density and strength will change over the course of life

  • The only bone in the human body not connected to another is the hyoid, a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue

You need calcium for your bones to be strong. You can get that from food - milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, dried figs. If you don't consume all the calcium you need from your diet, you need to supplement. The recommended amount is 1000-1200 mg of calcium per day for adult men and women. Vitamin D is also important because it helps your body absorb the calcium.

Weight bearing walking, running, dancing, soccer, etc. assists in the building of strong bones. Resistance exercise or anything that uses muscular strength such as weight lifting performed two to three times per week is also helpful. Avoiding smoking and minimizing alcohol intake is also beneficial in avoiding a decrease in bone density.

Feel free to pass along this bit of information on to your patients, while you continue to educate them about their rehabilitation journey.

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