29. Soft Tissues and Bones Are Meant To Be Separate
Muscles are soft tissues that hold the bones together and help them to move around; bones are made from calcium and specialized bone cells to create and support the integrity of the body as a whole. But as uh034 shared in this story, there are some conditions that “bridge” that gap somewhat, leading to horrible health results.
“Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). A disease that calcifies soft tissue and turns it into bone. When I was a medical student, our group’s cadaver had this disease. During dissections, we sometimes would get poked by spiky pieces of bone in random areas of her body. Also had a spine that resembled a small turtle shell.” Not only is it a very painful condition, but any injuries could cause the bones to grow in those spots, making it even more painful and difficult to move, especially if you’re undergoing any kind of physical therapy to help you recover.