Broken Shoulder Blade (Fractured Scapula) Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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

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Acromion: The projection of the scapula (the shoulder blade) that forms the point of the s...

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Arthritis: Inflammation of a joint. When joints are inflamed they can develop stiffness, w...

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Bumps: The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured b...

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Bursitis: Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a tiny fluid-filled sac that fu...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Collarbone: A horizontal bone above the first rib that makes up the front part of the shou...

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

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Elbow: The juncture of the long bones in the middle portion of the upper extremity. The bo...

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

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

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Frozen shoulder: Permanent severe limitation of the range of motion of the shoulder due to...

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Hammer: The malleus.

Humerus: The long bone in the upper arm that extends from the shoulder to the elbow.

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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Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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Morphine: A powerful narcotic agent that has strong analgesic (pain relief) action and oth...

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Motor: Something that produces or refers to motion. For example, a motor neuron is a nerve...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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

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Pain management: The process of providing medical care that alleviates or reduces pain. Mi...

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

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Primary care: A patient's main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continui...

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

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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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Scapula: The shoulder blade (or "wingbone"), the familiar flat triangular bone at the back...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Shortness of breath: Difficulty in breathing. Medically referred to as dyspnea. Shortness ...

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Shoulder: A structure made up of two main bones: the scapula (shoulder blade) and the hume...

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Shoulder blade: The familiar flat triangular bone at the back of the shoulder. Known famil...

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Shoulder joint: The flexible ball-and-socket joint formed by the junction of the humerus...

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Shoulder pain: Pain in the shoulder due to an injury or disease. The design of the shoulde...

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Spleen: An organ that is located in the upper-left part of the abdomen, not far from the s...

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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.

Thorax: The area of the body that is located between the abdomen and the neck. Within the ...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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