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The bone would heal itself, but might heal crookedly or otherwise incorrectly. When a doctor sets a broken bone, he straightens the bone and places the two parts properly together. SELF·KNIT BONE UNSETMENDED INCORREalY BONE SET BY DOCTORMENDED CORREalY 41 , By putting a plaster cast or splint around the broken areas the bone is kept from moving and will heal together as it was set. Although you can compare the skeleton to the steel frame of a building, there is one very important distinction. The building frame is kept from movement, but the human body must move.
They are attached to bones by "tendons," which are tough, elastic-type bands of connective tissue. You can actually feel a tendon on your neck. This tendon is very evident if you watch a weight-lifter at work. Some muscles are so tiny as to be almost thread-like-such as the one which is concerned with the working of the eyelids. Others, such as the "hamstring" muscles in the back of the thigh, are very broad and powerful. Muscles work in pairs-because there must always be one muscle to oppose the other-one raises the finger-one lowers the finger.
If you sit too long in an uncomfortable position, you will feel cramped and achy. Your muscles are telling you that they have been working too long and want to relax. Muscles have many shapes and sizes, depending on where they are located and what job they have to perform. They are attached to bones by "tendons," which are tough, elastic-type bands of connective tissue. You can actually feel a tendon on your neck. This tendon is very evident if you watch a weight-lifter at work. Some muscles are so tiny as to be almost thread-like-such as the one which is concerned with the working of the eyelids.