Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal #39


Which skeletal system disorder is characterized by complete separation of a joint?


  1. Fracture
    • Rationale:

      A fracture is a bone break not a complete separation of the joint.

  2. Dislocation
    • Rationale:

      A dislocation is defined as a complete separation of bones at the joint. This causes the bones to separate and no longer articulate and/or connect with each other.

  3. Subluxation
    • Rationale:

      A subluxation is a partial displacement and./or separation of the joints or articular surfaces within the human body.

  4. Osteoporosis
    • Rationale:

      Osteoporosis is defined as a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue.


A number of disorders affect the skeletal system within the human body.


Learning Outcomes

The nurse must have an understanding of skeletal system disorders. This is important because the nurse is responsible for completing a plan of care that is appropriate for clients and their specific needs. Dislocation is a disorder where the bones are completely separated (i.e., no longer articulated) at the joint.

Test Taking Tip

Consider the definition for each choice to answer this question correctly.

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