The Skeletal System: The Viological Function Of The Skeletal System

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The skeletal provides functions such as support, protection, and movement. The skeletal system provides a framework that supports the body with muscles attached to them acting as levers allowing for movement. As bones are very rigid they provide support for vital organs such as the heart, lungs and brain. A physiological function of the skeletal system is the production of stem cells through red bone marrow found in the proximal epiphysis (the ends) which can become lymphocytes (white blood cells), erythrocytes (red blood cells) and thrombocytes (platelets). Cartilage serves as protection against bone on bone contact to prevent wear in bones an example of this is the lateral and medial meniscal cartilage (articular cartilage). But the lateral and medial meniscal cartilage can be quite easily torn although a common injury in fully grown adults torn cartilage cannot be healed as cartilage receives little blood flow making it hard for it to heal compared to children with…show more content…
Thus, the recommended treatment for a patient with osteoporosis would receive supplementary calcium (1,000 to 1,500 mg of calcium daily) as confirmed in the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on osteoporosis in 1984. But studies have shown that as humans age their ability to absorb calcium starts to diminish making this treatment almost ineffective in some elderly patients. Patients of this time, with little treatment options were forced to endure many fracture related injuries; most commonly fractures of the hip which is a very complicated fracture requiring hospitalisation and a surgical practice would be required. Even if the surgery had been successful the patient would not be able to return to the previous levels of activity they were once at; forcing the patient from self-care to supervised living situations/nursing

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