Musculoskeletal System

Definition - What does Musculoskeletal System mean?

The musculoskeletal system is the collection of the 206 bones in the human body and all the parts that make the bones move.


Included in the system are the tendons which join the muscle to a bone, where ligaments attach bone to bone. Skeletal muscles provide a lifeline. Nerves are part of the over-all system and alert the body when they is a problem. Cartilage comes in three forms and has the responsibility for support and being a buffer between bones and joints.

WorkplaceTesting explains Musculoskeletal System

The musculoskeletal system is the framework of the body. The skeleton, along with all the muscles, ligaments, and cartilage, provide the framework and support of the body. As much as 99% of all the calcium in the body is stored in the bones. The cavities of the bones are called bone marrow. This is where red and white blood cells are produced as well as other needed blood nutrients.


The bones can also be a protector for many internal organs. The rib cage protects the heart and lungs. The skull is one large bone and it protects the brain as well as many other nerve endings. With proper muscular support, the bones can propel a human and take him into the direction he wants to go.


It is not unusual for an individual suffering from musculoskeletal pain to say they feel the discomfort throughout their body. Any kind of accident or misuse or abuse of muscles can cause pain. However, there are several other ways in which a person may abuse the musculoskeletal system. Simple causes like poor posture, repetitive motions, and lack of movement or exercise can put undue stress on the musculoskeletal system.

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