Memorizing Bones is for the Kinesthetic Learner

The above statement is something I have found very true this last week while I have been trying to memorize all 206 bones in the adult body. Thankfully I’m not aspiring to be a pediatric doctor, or there would be even more to memorize!

Ever since I was little I have learned kinesthetically, meaning that touching and doing something sticks in my head more than reading or hearing it. In consequence, all morning I have been spinning around on the floor touching each bone in order and saying its name and then checking my book to make sure I was right. Amazingly, it really works; I can now tell you the names and numbers of each bone in your body! Bruce Springsteen really helps me keep rhythm while doing this. Lets just hope the same tactic works next week for muscles. =)

By the way, I also have a skinned knee because of this... Oh the pains we endure for higher education.

3 Response to "Memorizing Bones is for the Kinesthetic Learner"

  1. Anne Says:

    OK - this is a test. I think I tore my rotator cuff this morning mountain biking. What muscle(s) are like they problem?


  2. Kristen Wegener Says:

    There are four muscles involved with the rotator cuff:

    1. Supraspinatus which aids in abduction of the arm (moving the arm away from the midline of the body)and extends the arm

    2. Infraspinatus which is involved in the lateral rotation of the arm. It also abducts the upper arm and stabilizes the shoulder.

    3. Tres minor which is also involved in the lateral rotation of the arm. It also is involved in weak adduction of the upper arm and stabilizes the shoulder.

    4. Subsapulris which is involved in the medial rotation of the arm and stabilizes the shoulder.

    All of these bones are connected to the sapula and humerus.

    However, from what I read online a torn rotator cuff doesn't involve the muscles but rather the tendons of the rotator cuff. That will mean it will take longer to heal because of their avascular nature.

    I really hope it isn't torn, but whatever you did to it, go easy on it and don't push it too soon.


  3. Anne Says:

    It's improving each day. I have some more range of motion, but can't lift the arm straight up more than about 45 deg. (unless I do it very slowly or use the other arm to lift it), or raise the arm out to the side more than 8-10 ". We're praying for you as you study, that your mind will be very asborbent and that you will be able to recall what you need to. (And don't forget chemistry, even though it is easy. Give it some time> :) )


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