By Nigel Palastanga, Roger Soames
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Where the skin has to be pulled around a joint when it is flexed, it is bound down in loose folds which are taken up in flexion: the joints of the fingers clearly show this arrangement. In adjusting to allow movement, the skin follows the contours of the body. Although this is enabled by its intrinsic elasticity the skin is nevertheless subjected to internal stresses, which vary from region to region. These stress lines are often referred to as Langer’s lines or cleavage lines (Fig. 19). They are important because incisions along these lines heal with a minimum of scarring, whereas in wounds across them the scar may become thicker, with the possible risk of scar contraction, because the wound edges are being pulled apart by the internal stresses of the skin.
That portion of the muscle cell to which the nerve is apposed is modified by forming a flattened bump on its surface, formed by the focal accumulation of cytoplasm (sarcoplasm) and organelles within the muscle cell that raises its membrane underneath the nerve terminal. That part of the muscle cell membrane applied to the nerve cell is known as the postjunctional membrane (Fig. 13). Reciprocally, that part of the nerve cell membrane applied to the muscle cell is known as the prejunctional membrane.
14C). In adults, examples are the inferior tibiofibular joint where the two bones are held together by an interosseous ligament, and the interosseous membrane between the radius and ulna. Flexibility of the membrane or twisting and stretching of the ligament permit movement at the joint; however, the movement allowed is restricted and controlled. Bone Bone A Vertebral body Ligament Intervertebral disc Cartilaginous joints In cartilaginous joints the two bones are united by a continuous pad of cartilage.
Anatomy & Human Movement by Nigel Palastanga, Roger Soames