Skeletal diseases are related to bones as the skeletal system itself is made of bones. Bones are an essential part of the human body and like any other part of the human body they are prone to diseases as well. Disease hinders the performance of the body and diseases skeletal are no different. Diseases skeletal also have symptoms and signs but are not as common (with some exceptions) as normal diseases (like the common cold). Diseases skeletal are normally more severe and affect (among other things) the overall structure and posture of an individual. This is because the posture of an individual is more or less because of his bones. A disease is never good and always should be treated as soon as any sort of symptoms are felt, but first it is important to know what exactly some types of diseases skeletal are.
‘Osteo’ is the medical prefix given to bone related diseases and so for this very reason most of such diseases carry the said prefix. Osteoarthritis, Osteitis deformans (or Paget's disease of bone), Osteitis fibrosa cystica (or Osteitis fibrosa, or Von Recklinghausen's disease of bone), Osteitis pubis, Condensing osteitis (or Osteitis condensans), Osteitis condensans ilii, Osteochondritis dissecans, Osteochondroma (Bone Tumor), Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Osteomalacia, Osteomyelitis, Osteopenia, Osteopetrosis, Osteoporosis, Osteosarcoma (Bone Tumor) and Osteonecrosis are all names for some well known diseases skeletal. Starting with the first and probably the most common; Osteoarthritis is a condition which results in degradation of the joints. What basically happens is that due to numerous reasons (including hereditary) the cartilage around a bone starts to fade away resulting in the bone being exposed to damage. Stiffness in movement of limbs (or any part of the body with joints) and pain in the joints are common symptoms (such diseases are normally common amongst the middle aged and elderly).
Osteoporosis is another common disease in which the loss of bone tissue occurs. Basically what happens is that bones need calcium to stay strong and with a lack of it, the bone tissue may begin to diminish and with continued lacking, may disappear altogether. The rest of the diseases mentioned above are directly related to bones and are pretty serious. One disease not mentioned above and related to the skeletal system, making it a diseases skeletal, but used to be very common among sailors when the main travel use to take place via ship, was scurvy. Scurvy takes place because of a lack of vitamin C and it is common for the patient’s gums to bleed and teeth to eventually fall out. Scurvy patients heal wounds very late but bruise easily. It is not so common nowadays thanks to the availability of fresh fruit and food everywhere.
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Diseases, no matter what they come in are a terrible thing for any living thing to endure. It is painful and difficult but thanks to modern day technology and loads of awareness, they are much easier to anticipate. Lots of things and preventive measures that our ancestors didn’t know, we know about and we should take full advantage of them.