PainPathways Magazine – Spring 2018 Edition
Features an excerpt from Dr. Paul Christo’s new book, Aches and Gains: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain about Understanding Skeletal Pain.
We tend to think of our bones as hard and static, but bone is one of the most dynamic organs in the body. When our skeleton is functioning properly, it is very metabolically active and serves as a reservoir of minerals and growth factors that the body can draw upon in times of need including after injury, breaking a bone, after exercise, or during pregnancy.
Bone is made of three main layers. The periosteum is the outer membranous layer that provides blood flow to the bone. The cortical (calcified) bone is the hard part of the skeleton that supports the muscles and the rest of the body. Finally, the bone marrow is deep inside the bone; it produces all the red and white blood cells and platelets that circulate throughout the blood vessels.