Crutches Glossary of Terms

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Aluminum: A naturally occurring element that makes up about 8% of the surface of the earth...

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Ambulatory: Able to walk about, not bedridden or immobile.

Ankle: The ankle joint is complex. It is made up of two joints: the true ankle joint and ...

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Axilla: Armpit.

Axillary: Pertaining to the armpit, the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and the bod...

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Calcium: A mineral found mainly in the hard part of bones, where it is stored. Calcium is ...

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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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Crutch: A wooden or metal vertical prop that helps support a disabled person while he or s...

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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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Flexion: The process of bending, or the state of being bent. For example, flexion of the f...

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Foot pain: Foot pain is the sensation of discomfort in the foot arising from disorders or ...

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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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Gait: A manner of walking. Observation of gait can provide early diagnostic clues for a nu...

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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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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Knee: The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the lar...

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Leg: In popular usage, the part of the body from the top of the thigh down to the foot, an...

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

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Paralysis: Loss of voluntary movement (motor function). Paralysis that affects only one mu...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Polio: Abbreviation for poliomyelitis, an acute and sometimes devastating disease caused ...

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Posture: The carriage of the body as a whole, the attitude of the body, or the position of...

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Sensory: Relating to sensation, to the perception of a stimulus, to the voyage made by inc...

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Shock: In medicine, a critical condition that is brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow...

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Sprained ankle: See: Ankle sprain.

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

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Triceps: The muscle that extends (straightens) the forearm. The triceps can be felt as the...

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

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