I always loved learning about the skeletal system when I took my anatomy and physiology course way back in 1988! It always astounded me that the human body would mend a broken bone. Usually with a simple fracture all a doctor wil do is put it in plaster to keep it still.
The there was the time that I saw an orthopaedic surgeon as I suffered from bunions! the proper name Hallux valgus are often hereditary and are recognised by the big toe veering towards the other toes with the joint protruding. https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/muscle-bone-and-joints/conditions/bunion-hallux-valgus
Mine were not painful but getting shoes to fit was a nightmare and the threat of arthritis later in life caused me to have one of the bunions removed. I opted for a local anaesthetic and watched my own operation! a bit gruesome but fascinating as I could see the muscles and ligaments! plus lots of blood, although they used a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.
Some people may say that my bunions resulted from my being very ill as a child and having rickets. This is where bones are soft due to lack of nutrition and particularly a lack of vitamin D.
Suffice to say I survived all my childhood ills including being the youngest child to have patent ductus arteriosis heart surgery in the world at age 13 months in 1963.
I first studied anatomy and physiology when I was training to be an exercise instructor and then furthered my knowledge when I trained in massage. I created our anatomy and physiology e-course in 2008 when I owned a large school of massage, and massage students remain our biggest group of students to take our a and p course.
So here you g, test your skeletal knowledge.
Which of the following are functions of the skeleton:
supports the body
forms muscle cells
forms blood cells
Describe these Types of fracture
3) a) Explain why synovial joints are also called “freely moveable”
4) Name and describe 2 diseases or disorders which could affect joints
5) Describe how long bones grow.
6) Describe 2 ways in which the skeletal system is interrelated with either the muscular system or the circulatory system.
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