How Many Vertebrae Do Humans Have?

What is more complex than a relationship with yourself? Your body is made of so many things in so many numbers that it is sometimes impossible to find every detail of the human body. You might have heard about the term vertebrae in school, but are you aware of how many vertebrae you have? Don't worry; this article will take you one step closer to understand your body. Do read the whole article.

Well, you will be stunned to know that there are about thirty-three vertebrae in your spine. The spinal cord of your body is about seventeen inches long, and it is also a part of the nervous system. It extends from your brain to your lower back. Your spinal cord is protected by what is known as the vertebral column. 

Twenty-four of your vertebrae are movable and are Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumber. The nine other left are immovable, Sacrum and Coccyx. 

Also, seven vertebrae are in the cervical region; twelve are in the thoracic region, five are in the lumbar region, five are in the sacral region, and the last four are in the coccygeal region. See, now you are one step closer to knowing your body. But there is still an important thing about vertebrae that you don’t know. 

Interesting facts about vertebrae; I bet you didn’t know.

  • Before the age of adolescence, there are thirty-three vertebrae, as mentioned before, but what you don’t know is that in a human adult, there are only twenty-six vertebrae. Why? Because some of the vertebrae get fused during adulthood. A human adult body consists of twenty-four distinct vertebrae interspaced with cartilage and then add the sacrum and coccyx. So it makes up twenty-six vertebrae in the human body.
  • Also, living a life without thirty-three vertebrae is impossible as you will end up having difficulties in movement and many more.


In summary, there are about thirty-three vertebrae in your body. Also, an interesting fact is that you have thirty-three vertebrae until adolescence, but when you grow up, you will have only twenty-six of the vertebrae. Why? Because when you grow up and become an adult, some vertebrae fuse, and this is how you end up getting only twenty-six vertebrae. Also, living a life without vertebrae is impossible because then the body’s movement will be hindered. These articles try to explain the topic most simply, and I hope this article will be helpful to you.

Thank you.