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What Is the Radius Bone?

There are two long bone located between the elbow and the wrist, it is the radius and the ulna. The radius is the lateral one which is always aligned with the thumb. Lateral, when used in a physiological context, refers to the portion that is furthest away from the mid-line of the torso, this is using the anatomical position standard. The anatomical position is the position of a normal human being when standing straight and upright with the arms held straight at the sides of the body where the thumbs are furthest away from each other. This is the standard used for most if not all physiological, anatomical, and medical textbooks.

More or less there are two hundred and six bones in the human skeletal system. These many bones are classified as long, short, irregular, or flat. The radius bone is under the long classification. Growing, as most people understand it, or the metric increase in a person’s height it is accomplished by the lengthening of the long bones of the body. The radius bone is, as with all long bones, somewhat curved even if it seams, to the lay man, to be straight on the x-rays and diagrams.

Swelling, severe discomfort, and deformity are some of the conditions that may occur if the radius were to fracture, though swelling and deformity might not be to pronounced if the ulna is still intact. Like-wise the reverse would be applicable to if it is the ulna that is fractured and the radius is still intact. If uncertain about the state of the radius bone an x-ray may be taken to check for fractures.

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