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The Skeletal System The skeletal system is consists of 206 bones of various shapes sizes and functions Our skeleton consists of two sections The axial skeleton is made up of the 80 bone of the skull spine ribs and sternum or breastbone The appendicular skeleton is made up of the 126 bones of the shoulders arms hands hips legs and feet The insides of larger bones serve as storage centers for essential body minerals like calcium and phosphorus The bones of the skeletal system are made hard and rigid to provide protection for the delicate internal organs This system also plays a crucial role in the movement of the human body by providing a strong stable and mobile framework on which the muscles can act The muscles are held by the other members of the skeletal system called the ligaments and the tendons The ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that bind bone ends at the joint Tendons are fibrous cords that join muscle to bone or muscle to other muscle Although the skeletal system is strong if not taken care of it can be prone to various diseases The most common problem with the skeletal system is breakage There are various breaks such as a hairline transverse or comminuted For each break there are still two ways for it to look The break can be a simple or open fracture or it can be a compound fracture which penetrates the skin Although most common the other disorder that takes a very close second is joint injuries Joint injuries are usually acquired through a pull tear or dislocation of the joint and or its cartilage Some joint injuries are bunions bursitis or dislocation mostly acquired by wearing high heels or while participating in sports or other physical activity Although painful these injuries can usually be cured in a short amount of time but some of the bone diseases take
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