March 9, 2008

Pelvic Girdle

Filed under: — Peter Laws @ 4:11 am

Pelvic GirdleThe Pelvic Girdle, also called the hip girdle, is composed to two coxal (hip) bones. The coxal bones are also called the ossa coxae or innominate bones. During childhood, each coxal bone consists of three separate parts: the ilium, the ischium, and the pubis. In an adult, these three bones are firmly fused into a single bone.

In the back, these two bones meet on either side of the sacrum. In the front, they are connected by a muscle called the pubic symphysis.

The pelvic girdle serves several important functions in the body. It supports the weight of the body from the vertebral column. It also protects and supports the lower organs, including the urinary bladder, the reproductive organs, and the developing fetus in a pregnant woman.

The pelvic girdle differs between men and woman. In a man, the pelvis is more massive and tiliac crestshe are closer together. In a woman, the pelvis is more delicate and the iliac crests are farther apart.

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