Broken Hand Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living be...

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Cast: 1) A protective shell of fiberglass, plastic, or plaster, and bandage that is molde...

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Circulation: In medicine, the movement of fluid through the body in a regular or circuitou...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Digit: A finger or toe.

Distal: The more (or most) distant of two (or more) things. For example, the distal end of...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Forearm: The portion of the upper limb from the elbow to the wrist. The forearm has two bo...

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Fracture: A break in bone or cartilage. Although usually a result of trauma, a fracture ca...

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Handedness: The preferential use of one hand for most fine manual tasks. Right handedness ...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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Left-handed: The preferential use of the left hand for most fine manual tasks. Approximate...

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Metacarpals: Five cylindrical bones extending from the wrist to the fingers.

Orthopedist: An orthopedic surgeon, a physician who corrects congenital or functional abno...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Palm: The grasping side of the hand; the flexor surface of the hand. In contrast to the ba...

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Phalanges: The bones of the fingers and of the toes. There are generally three phalanges (...

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Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises...

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Plastic surgeon: A surgeon who specializes in reducing scarring or disfigurement that may ...

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Pound: A measure of weight that is equal to 16 ounces or, metrically, 453.6 grams. Abbrevi...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Proximal: Toward the beginning, the nearer of two (or more) items. For example, the proxim...

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Range of motion: The full movement potential of a joint, usually its range of flexion and ...

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Rehabilitation: The process of helping a person who has suffered an illness or injury rest...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Vital: Necessary to maintain life. For example, breathing is a vital function.

Wrist: The part of the hand that is nearest the forearm and consists of the carpal bones a...

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X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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