Anti-inflammatory Drugs Used in Arthritis
This module discusses two classes of drugs—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids—that are used in the treatment of arthritis for their analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Disease-Modifying Drugs Used in Arthritis
This module discusses a group of drugs referred to as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. The module also introduces you to a newer area of therapeutics called disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs (DMOADs).
Muscle Contractions, Actions, and Nomenclature
This module looks at skeletal muscle contraction, comparing it to a lever system. The module distinguishes isometric from isotonic contractions, discusses the physiology of contractions, and identifies factors that influence contraction strength. It also describes the roles muscles may play in movement and acquaints you with how they get their names.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
About 200 diseases are considered arthritis—the arthridities. The most common by far is osteoarthritis (OA)—a degenerative joint disease, followed by rheumatoid arthritis (RA)—an inflammatory joint disorder. This module discusses the etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions.
Skeletal Functions and Structures
This module acquaints you with the adult skeleton. It distinguishes between the axial and appendicular skeleton, differentiates among the major types of bones, and discusses bone formation.
Skeletal Muscle and Surrounding Structures
This module explores the structure of skeletal muscle and the connective tissue sheathing that surrounds and separates the anatomical components of muscles. You will learn how tendons integrate into the structure to attach muscle to bone, and how bursae play a role in some synovial joints.
The Articular System
This module introduces you to the structures, besides bone, that comprise the articular system. They include cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and bursae (sing, bursa). You will learn about the various movements that joints allow and the specific types of joints within the articular system.
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