Skeletal Disorders

Skeletal Disorders

Author: Aaron Mullally

This lesson will give an overview of various disorders of the skeleton.

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Skeleton Disorders

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Terms to Know
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The inflammation of tendons in the wrist which then press on surrounding nerves caused by repeated motion.

  • Compound Fracture

    A break in which the bone shatters causing a significant amount of soft tissue damage.

  • Dislocation

    ​A disorder in which two bones of a joint are no longer in contact with each other.

  • Osteoarthritis

    The wearing away of cartilage that occurs between joints which can lead to inflammation and the formation of small protrusions on bones near the joint called bone spurs.

  • Osteoporosis

    ​A disorder in which the bone tissue deteriorates over time.

  • Simple Fracture

    ​A break in which the bone is still in one piece and minimal or no tissue damage occurs.

  • Sprain

    ​A torn ligament or tendon caused by overuse.

  • ​Complete Fracture

    ​A break in which the bone separates into two and tissue damage occurs.

  • ​Strain

    ​An overuse injury that stretches a tendon past its normal point.