The skeletal system is known as the basic framework upon which the whole body gets support. The skeletal system contributes by providing support, stature, and movement of the body. This system is highly connected to the muscular system to fulfill its tasks. This research project tends to analyze the skeletal system and explicate the anatomy, physiology, homeostasis, and disease in femur bone which is one of the long bones of the skeletal system.
Femur Bone in Skeletal System
The skeletal system comprises of major organs like bones, cartilages, ligaments, and tendons. These four organs coordinate to perform their functions. The bones are one of the major parts of the human endoskeleton. An adult human being has 206 bones. 80 bones are present in the axial skeleton. The upper appendicular skeleton comprises of 64 bones. On the other hand, the lower appendicular skeleton comprises of 62 bones. There are diverse types of bones in the body which are classified upon their different sizes and shapes. One of the examples of the long bones is the “femur”. The femur is known as the longest bone in the body. This research project revolves around the anatomical and physiological description of the femur in the skeletal system.
Femur: Anatomical location
The femur is the significant bone of the appendicular skeleton. The femur is located in the thigh region of the body connecting the hip joint to the knee joint. The “proximal end” or also known as the head of the femur is designed in a way to form a ball and socket joint at the acetabulum (Betts et al., 2013) to join with the hip bone/ hip girdle. A strong ligament supports this joint to facilitate working effectively. The “distal end” of this long bone is the area of the thigh that connects to the knee joint which further connects it with the tibia and patella.
Femur: Anatomical Description
The femur is known as the longest bone in the body. The femur of an adult male is around 19 inches long (Human Skeleton | Parts, Functions, Diagram, & Facts | Britannica, n.d.). The femur is thin at the proximal end and becomes thick (wide) when it reaches the distal end where it connects to the knee joint. Femur’s distal end gets a rich blood supply from the “popliteal vessels and the deep perforators” (Femur, n.d.). Overall, the shape of the femur resembles an upside-down funnel. The long bone is divided into two regions. These two regions are known as “diaphysis and the epiphysis region”. The “diaphysis region” is a tubular part of the femur which comes in the middle of the proximal end and the distal end of the bone. The “epiphysis region” of the femur is the wider part of both ends of the bone. (Betts et al., 2013)
Figure (Huang et al., 2012)
Femur: Microscopic Description
Bone cells have a significant role in constructing bone tissues and the proper functioning of bones. Four types of cells are found in bone tissues which are “osteogenic cells, osteoclasts osteocytes, and osteoblasts”. The diaphysis region consists of a compact bone (denser bone) lining. There is a hollow cavity in the diaphysis region that is filled with yellow marrow. On the other hand, the epiphysis region consists of spongy bone which is filled with red marrow. The meeting place of epiphysis and diaphysis is called “metaphysis”. (Florencio-Silva et al., 2015)
The femur connects the hip girdle to the knee joint which gives liberty to the human body to move freely. This bone is known as the sturdiest bone in the body. The entire body structure is supported on the femur bone. It supports the entire body weight along with the movement of the body.
Femur: Homeostasis Balance and Imbalance
The homeostasis of the femur is maintained and balanced with the coordination of “osteoclasts, osteoblasts, and osteocytes” (Andersen et al., 2009). If these cells stop functioning properly, then the bone matrix will become unstable and will lose its homeostatic balance. The homeostatic imbalance in the femur can cause the bone to become weak and can cause a fracture.
“Legg-Calve-Perthes” is a bone disease that can occur in the femur. In this disease, the supply of blood to the proximal end of the femur gets interrupted which is the source of weakening of the bone. If the blood supply gets disrupted for a long time, the bone starts to get weak which can easily cause a fracture. (Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease – Symptoms and Causes, n.d.)
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