“I am fearfully and wonderfully made!”
Major Functions of the Skeleton
▪support ▪movement ▪protection ▪blood cell production ▪storage and ▪endocrine regulation
Diseases of the Skeleton
Osteoporosis is a disease, particularly prevalent among the elderly, resulting in bones losing calcium, becoming thinner and weaker, sometimes disappearing completely.
Scoliosis is a side-to-side curve of the spine, often creating a “C” or “S” shape of the spine when seen on an x-ray.
Arthritis is a group of more than 100 inflammatory diseases that damage joints and their surrounding structures. Arthritis can attack joints and joint capsules throughout the body, most commonly the neck, shoulders, hands, lower back, hips or knees.
Cancer of the bones may originate in the bones or spread there from another part of the body.
Leukemia is a cancer of blood cells, but starts in the marrow of the bone. Abnormal white blood cells multiply uncontrollably, affecting the production of normal white blood cells and red blood cells.
Bursitis is caused by inflammation of the burse, the small fluid-filled sacs that act as lubricating surfaces for muscles to move over adjacent bones; most commonly affects the shoulder and hip joints.
Fractures of bones are common injuries, and may be due to a forceful blow (10-16 pounds of pressure will break a bone on average; skulls and femurs [thigh bones] are much tougher to break…) or related to weakened bones due to other diseases.
Caring for your Skeleton
Your bones are working for you every day, so take good care of them!
- protect them when playing sports – use helmets, elbow and knee pads, and other protective equipment
- milk and other dairy products (low fat cheese and yogurt) are important in your diet, so you get enough calcium (and vitamin D) for bone health
- stay active! – running, jumping, dancing and other sports strengthen your bones and increase density
God gave YOU an amazing body- take good care of it!