Age-Related Physiologic or Psychologic Disorders: Musculoskeletal Disorder

Characteristics of the Musculoskeletal

  • Bone and skeletal muscle constitute the musculoskeletal
  • Enable movement and defend internal organs
  • They play a role in humoral signaling
  • Carrying out their activities, these tissues interact
  • Production of complex anatomical and physiological structures

The chondroid tissues, bone, skeletal muscle, tendon of the fiber tissues, joints and ligaments, and fat make up the musculoskeletal system. Whereas the roles and morphology of each of these body tissues are distinguishable, they distribute some elements and characteristics at the cellular (Boros & Freemont, 2017). For instance, the progenitors for osteoblasts, adipocytes, and chondrocytes are the normal mesenchymal stem cells. In carrying out their functions, the tissues mentioned earlier interact directly to produce morphological and physiological structures that are intricate (Boros & Freemont, 2017). Such structure includes the body joints and muscle-bone units.

  • Loss of muscle and bone mass
  • Tissues shrink in size, causing muscle wastage
  • Joint cartilage subjected to wear and tear.
  • Regular exercise also declines with age
  • Changes in metabolism

These alterations in the musculoskeletal system occur as a consequence of aging and decreased physical activity. Muscle mass loss and strength increase the risk of injuries, weakness, decreased life quality, and loss of control (Amarya & Sabharwal, 2018). Typical aging results in a loss of skeletal muscle mass and a rise in body fat. Changes in the musculoskeletal system reflect both the aging process and physical inactivity-related problems. Toxins and chemicals accumulate in the body and tissues as people age. Taken together, this compromises the authenticity of muscle cells (Amarya & Sabharwal, 2018).

Common Problems of Musculoskeletal Disorder

  • Increased risk of falls and broken bones
  • Decline in functionality
  • Vulnerability of brain cells
  • Imbalances in hormonal production
  • Intake by the gut is decreased

Age-related neurological changes exacerbate the physiological changes in the muscles in some way. Most muscle movements become less effective and responsive with age due to a decrease in nervous movement and conduction. Furthermore, hormonal imbalances can affect both bone and muscle metabolism. Menopause accelerates the development of musculoskeletal abnormalities in females due to a deficiency of estrogen, which is essential for bone and soft tissue rebuilding (Amarya & Sabharwal, 2018). Certain minerals, such as calcium, and chromium, may be deficient due to digestive issues that are age related.

The Nursing Management for Musculoskeletal Disorder

  • Maintaining a therapeutic degree of movement
  • Investigate the customer’s perceptions of the disorder
  • Providing information.
  • Surveillance for potential problems
  • Justification of the treatment plan

UltraSound can perform medical operations such as glucocorticoid injections, joint edema aspiration, and blockage of nerves. With real-time guiding, it is possible to target subtle and profound anatomic regions without endangering neighboring nerves or arteries (Can et al., 2017). Additionally, UltraSound (US) can assess the thickness of the tissues, which makes body content study viable both for therapeutic applications and for research (Can et al., 2017). Weak fractures frequently result in a loss of physical functioning, with patients seldom regaining their earlier fracture functioning ability. Irrespective of the healthcare institution in which patients with fragile fractures are handled, clinicians must be equipped and have a shared set of fundamental competencies (Brent et al., 2018). The fundamental competencies will enable nurses and other medical professionals to offer safe and quality care for individuals with complicated conditions.


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