Understanding Musculoskeletal System Disabilities
The musculoskeletal system is the largest system in your body. It consists of various parts that work in concert to support, move, and protect the body. These parts include:
- Tendons and ligaments
- Cartilage and joints
- Connective tissue
In a very real sense, the musculoskeletal system is what holds much of the body together. Connective tissue keeps muscles and bones joined and allows them to generate force for moving, lifting, throwing, and other common body motions.
Illnesses and conditions such as arthritis can destroy important parts of the musculoskeletal system over time. Wear and tear can also do this as the years pass. But damage from trauma is often instant, such as the trauma experienced by a gunshot or a car accident. However, some traumatic injuries to the musculoskeletal system occur after repeated traumatic incidents.