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Ch 5: Identifying & Treating Bone Issues

About This Chapter

If you are currently working in or looking to enter a health-related field, it could be important for you to have an understanding of the types of injuries to bones and how to treat them. This chapter can help you develop deeper a understanding of specific bones and strengthen your ability to treat breaks and fractures.

Identifying & Treating Bone Issues - Chapter Summary

With this chapter, you can build a better understanding of specific bones and their function. You'll review details about how these bones can be injured, symptoms of fractures or breaks to these bones and the most effective treatment for each type of injury.

These lessons provide short bits of information at a time, so you can quickly and easily review what you need to know. Study is self-paced and convenient, with accessibility from any device, at any time. Self-assessment quizzes help you determine how much you have retained and what, if any, topics you might need to review further.

How It Helps

This chapter can be beneficial if you need to demonstrate knowledge of bone issues for professional certification or licensure reasons. It can also help you get started or advance in a healthcare or health-related position. You can show your employer you are valuable and committed to your profession by completing these lessons for continuing education or professional development purposes.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe the functions of the sacrum and coccyx bone
  • Relate the symptoms and treatment of a broken or fractured sacrum
  • Describe the symptoms of a broken or fracture coccyx and explain how these are treated

21 Lessons in Chapter 5: Identifying & Treating Bone Issues
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What is a Sacrum? - Definition, Location & Function

1. What is a Sacrum? - Definition, Location & Function

The sacrum is part of your spine. In this lesson we will learn more about the sacrum. We will learn what it is, where it is located, and what functions it serves.

Fractured or Broken Sacrum: Symptoms, Treatment & Recovery

2. Fractured or Broken Sacrum: Symptoms, Treatment & Recovery

The sacrum is a bone located in your lower back. In this lesson, we'll learn how you can break that bone and explore what happens when you do, including symptoms, treatment, and recovery.

Coccyx Bone: Definition, Location & Function

3. Coccyx Bone: Definition, Location & Function

The coccyx is a small bone at the base of your spine. In this lesson, we will learn more about the coccyx, including its exact location, its structure, why it's vestigial, and its current function.

Broken or Fractured Coccyx: Symptoms & Treatment

4. Broken or Fractured Coccyx: Symptoms & Treatment

Ever fallen from some height and hit your tailbone? Ow! In this lesson, learn about the symptoms and treatment of a broken coccyx, including various pain management strategies.

Types of Rib Injuries

5. Types of Rib Injuries

This article will describe the common types of rib injuries, including fractures, and soft tissue injuries. The specific types of fractures will be discussed, as well as the most serious form of rib fracture, the flail chest.

Rib Injury: Symptoms & Diagnosis

6. Rib Injury: Symptoms & Diagnosis

There are several different types of rib injuries, including broken and dislocated ribs. In this lesson, learn about the symptoms and diagnosis of rib fractures and dislocations.

Rib Injury: Treatment & Healing Time

7. Rib Injury: Treatment & Healing Time

This lesson will describe the length of time it takes for rib injuries to heal, and the main goal of treatment while waiting for healing. We'll also explain the best treatment to foster healing, and when one should seek emergency medical help.

Costochondral Separation: Symptoms & Diagnosis

8. Costochondral Separation: Symptoms & Diagnosis

You might not know what a costochondral separation is and hopefully, you never experience it! In this lesson, we will learn what a costochondral separation is. We will learn how it is diagnosed and what symptoms are associated with it.

Costochondral Separation: Treatment & Recovery Time

9. Costochondral Separation: Treatment & Recovery Time

A costochondral separation can be painful. In this lesson, we'll learn what a costochondral separation is, what are some common treatments, and how long it takes to recover.

Tailbone Pain During Pregnancy

10. Tailbone Pain During Pregnancy

The tailbone is the small bone located at the base of the spine. Pregnant women often experience pain on their tailbones in early and late pregnancy. In this lesson, you will learn the reasons for the pain and suggestions for how to cope with it.

What is a Pilonidal Cyst? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

11. What is a Pilonidal Cyst? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

Pilonidal cysts develop as a result of a piece of hair embedding itself within the skin fold. Read this lesson to learn about the symptoms of a pilonidal cyst and when they require medical attention.

The Intercondylar Fossa of the Femur: Definition & Function

12. The Intercondylar Fossa of the Femur: Definition & Function

The intercondylar fossa plays an important role in keeping your knee joint stable. Learn how and why, as well as other great facts about the intercondylar fossa, by reading this lesson!

Femur Bone: Definition, Location & Parts

13. Femur Bone: Definition, Location & Parts

In this lesson, we will cover the femur bone, commonly referred to as the thigh bone. We will also take a look at the location and distinct parts and discuss the importance of this particular bone.

Broken or Fractured Femur: Symptoms, Treatment & Recovery

14. Broken or Fractured Femur: Symptoms, Treatment & Recovery

The femur, or thigh bone, is the largest and strongest bone in the human body. It extends from the pelvis to the knee. This lesson is about fracture of the femur and related symptoms, treatment, and recovery.

What is a Fabella Bone? - Definition, Anatomy & Syndrome

15. What is a Fabella Bone? - Definition, Anatomy & Syndrome

Everyone knows about the skeletal system and its purpose in supporting life. But how many know about the role of the fabella bone? In this lesson, we will discover its definition, anatomy, and lean about the syndrome that is caused by it.

Calcaneus Bone: Definition, Anatomy & Function

16. Calcaneus Bone: Definition, Anatomy & Function

Without the heel bone you wouldn't have the pleasure of wiggling your toes nor, even, properly walking. Find out why in this lesson on this bone's anatomy and function.

Calcaneus Fracture: Symptoms, Treatment & Recovery

17. Calcaneus Fracture: Symptoms, Treatment & Recovery

Calcaneus fractures occur in the heel bone at the bottom of the foot and are caused by blunt force to the heel or overuse. Read this lesson to learn more about the symptoms related to calcaneus fractures and what to expect during recovery.

Types of Calcaneus Fractures: Stress, Hairline & Avulsion

18. Types of Calcaneus Fractures: Stress, Hairline & Avulsion

Calcaneal, or heel bone, fractures may occur due to prolonged overuse of traumatic injury. Read this lesson to learn the difference between stress and avulsion fractures and how they are typically treated.

Calcaneal Apophysitis in Adults & Children

19. Calcaneal Apophysitis in Adults & Children

Calcaneal apophysis is a painful condition causing inflammation to the heel's growth plate. Read this lesson to learn more about this condition, common signs and symptoms, and how to treat it.

What is Osteosclerosis? - Definition & Causes

20. What is Osteosclerosis? - Definition & Causes

Is strong bone a good thing? To an extent. Sometimes, it can be too strong as per osteosclerosis. Let's find out what this is and learn about some of its causes.

Osteosclerosis: Symptoms & Treatment

21. Osteosclerosis: Symptoms & Treatment

Osteosclerosis is a type of bone disorder that causes bones in the body to become abnormally hard and dense. If you want to learn more about the symptoms and treatment for osteosclerosis, be sure to continue reading this lesson!

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