The skeletal system provides the body framework, shape, articulations, supports, it protects the vital organs, and it furnishes a place for muscle attachment. It provides protection for the internal organs, provides movement when acted upon by muscles, manufactures blood cells, and stores mineral salts. The muscular system moves and propels the body. In order for the skeletal and muscular systems to function properly, the nervous system gives the body awareness of its environment, enables it to react to stimuli from the environment, and allows the body to work as a unit by coordinating its activities.
Inspection, palpation, and mensuration are the three most common techniques used in examination of the musculoskeletal system. As with all systems, a knowledge of anatomy and the pathophysiology involved is essential to make the examination significant.
At the end of the course, you should be able to understand;
- The Functional Skeleton
- The Skeletal Muscular System
- Characteristics of Selected Musculoskeletal Processes
- Common Malformations and Development Anomalies of Bone and Joint
- Classification of Common Local Diseases of the Vertebrae and Pelvis
- Spinal Biomechanics
- Effects of Subluxation
- Mechanics Involved in the Spinal Examination
- General Methods in Spinal Analysis
- Terminology of Common Diagnostic Entities Involving Subluxations