MSD Manual

Please confirm that you are not located inside the Russian Federation

honeypot link

Introduction to the Biology of the Musculoskeletal System

By

Alexandra Villa-Forte

, MD, MPH, Cleveland Clinic

Last full review/revision Dec 2019| Content last modified Dec 2019
Click here for the Professional Version
GET THE QUICK FACTS
Topic Resources

The musculoskeletal system provides form, stability, and movement to the human body. It consists of the body's bones (which make up the skeleton), muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, and other connective tissue. The term "connective tissue" is used to describe the tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together. Its chief components are collagen and elastic fibers, which are composed of different proteins.

The musculoskeletal system undergoes many changes as people age (see Effects of Aging on the Musculoskeletal System).

Muscles and Other Tissues of the Musculoskeletal System

Muscles and Other Tissues of the Musculoskeletal System
NOTE: This is the Consumer Version. DOCTORS: Click here for the Professional Version
Click here for the Professional Version
Others also read
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID

Test your knowledge

Autoimmune Myositis - Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Polymositis is characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the muscles. Dermatomyositis is polymositis accompanied by skin inflammation. In which of the following age groups do these disorders typically occur?
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID

Also of Interest

Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
TOP