General Aspects of Immobilization

  • Franz U. Steinberg
Part of the Topics in Bone and Mineral Disorders book series (TBMD)


Man’s body is organized for motion. The instrument of mobility, skeletal muscle, makes up 40 percent of the body mass. Its structure and metabolic capability permit an efficient and almost instantaneous shift from complete rest to a high level of activity. As a muscle becomes active, its blood flow may rise 15 to 20 times over the resting value, and the number of open capillaries may increase 50 times. The metabolic rate of the working muscle may be 50 to 100 times above that of a muscle at rest.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Franz U. Steinberg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Washington University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.The Jewish Hospital of St. LouisUSA

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