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Bones Of The Pectoral Girdle

By Tyler Woodward

Girdles are usually something that not many people like, however, when it comes to the human body the girdles play an important role in the proper structure and function of the body.

Contents:

General Function Of The Pectoral Girdle:

Functions Of The Pectoral Girdle

Also known as the shoulder girdle, the pectoral girdle is a bony structure that supports the upper limbs of the body and connects them to the rest of the body. The parts of the pectoral girdle include:

  • The Clavicles
  • The Scapulae
  • The Sternum
  • The Upper Ribs
  • The Upper Thoracic Vertebrae

The main purpose of the pectoral girdle is to connect the arms of the upper body the rest of the body, while also connecting the muscles, ligaments, and tendons from the arm to the rest of the body that are responsible for the movement and the large range of motion of the upper limbs.

breakdown of the structure and how it is formed/developed

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Common Challenges Of The Pectoral Girdle:

Common Issues of the chest

There are a few common issues that are seen when it comes to the pectoral girdle such as:

  • Joint Separation or Pain
  • Winged Scapula
  • Broken Collar Bones

In general the clavicle is one of the most commonly injured bones in the body. Some of the most common causes of injury for the clavicle and pectoral girdle are strong blows to the shoulders and falling in an outstretched arm.

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How To Keep The Pectoral Girdle Healthy:

How To Keep The Pectoral Girdle Healthy

Keeping a healthy pectoral girdle is essential if you want to remain as independent as possible as you age. Injuries to the shoulder joints are crippling and surprisingly affect 4 million people in the U.S. alone EVERY YEAR!

In general having a healthy diet and remaining active is going to play a huge role in the health of your pectoral girdles. Taking steps to strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the pectoral girdle is another crucial piece to the puzzle.

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Conclusion:

The structure of the pectoral girdle is rather simple compared to other parts of the body, but its simplicity does not make it any less important. The pectoral girdle is one of the most sensitive areas of the human skeletal structure. Taking note of how injuries occur to the pectoral girdle can allow you to more effectively protect yourself from injury and keep a healthy pectoral girdle for the rest of your life.