The skeletal system is a system of 206 bones, with the addition of ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. It is the structural integrity of your body, and does other things too
- Smallest bones are found in the ear
- The largest bone is the femur
- Over half the body's bones are in the hands and feet
- The only jointless bone in your body is the hyoid bone in your throat
Your skeletal system provides structural integrity , protects organs, provides a place for muscles to attach to, stores minerals, produces blood cells, and helps with movement.
How it does this
In a bone, there is spongy bone surrounded by compact bone for protection. Bones have marrow which undergoes a process called hematoposesis. This creates red blood cells.
What can go wrong
There are a few things that could go wrong with your bones, the first is physical damage. They could break. There is also osteoporosis, which is when your bones become brittle and weak from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiencies in calcium or vitamins. Broken bones are treated by being set correctly in a cast or splint, and are left to heal. Osteoporosis cannot be cured, but it can be treated.
In order to maintain hometemostasis, the skeletal system has to work with circulatory system by providing structure for the circulatory system to run through.