Body Pressure and the Skeletal System

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What is the function of the skeletal system in the body?

To provide support, allow movement, make blood cells, provide organ protection, and store minerals

Why are the highest pressures in the body found in weight-bearing bones and joints?

Due to high values of initial force and small areas to which this force is applied

How does the surface area of a bone at the joint contribute to pressure reduction?

By distributing the force and reducing the pressure according to the equation P= F/A

How do finger bones reduce pressure on tissues over the bones?

By being flat and spreading force over a larger surface area

What can happen when a person lifts an object improperly with regard to spinal pressure?

A force of 5000 N may be created between vertebrae in the spine, which can damage spinal discs and bony vertebrae due to high pressure

What is the function of the skeletal system in the body?

Provides protection for organs and stores minerals

How does the surface area of a bone at the joint contribute to pressure reduction?

It distributes the force, reducing the pressure

What happens when a person lifts an object improperly with regard to spinal pressure?

The pressure created can damage both the spinal discs and the bony vertebrae

Why do finger bones reduce pressure on tissues over the bones?

The flat shape spreads force over a larger surface area

What contributes to the highest pressures in weight-bearing bones and joints?

High values of initial force and small areas of force application

Test your knowledge about the role of the skeletal system in maintaining body pressure. Explore how the skeletal system provides support, facilitates movement, produces blood cells, offers organ protection, and stores minerals.

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