Muscle Strain Glossary of Terms

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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 muscles: A large group of muscles in the front of the abdomen that assists in th...

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Biceps: A muscle that has two heads, or origins. There is more than one biceps muscle. The...

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Calf: The belly or fleshy hind part of the back of the leg below the knee. The calf is mad...

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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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Compression: 1. The act of pressing together. As in a compression fracture, nerve c...

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Contrast: Short for "contrast media." Contrast media are X-ray dyes used to provide contra...

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

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Hamstring: One of the prominent tendons at the back of the knee. The hamstrings are the si...

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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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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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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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Lumbar: Referring to the five lumbar vertebrae, the disks below them, and the correspondin...

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Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

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MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

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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Nerve: A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory an...

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

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Posterior: The back or behind, as opposed to the anterior.

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

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Quadriceps: Although the term "quadriceps" technically may refer to any four-headed muscle...

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

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

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Sprain: An injury to a ligament that results from overuse or trauma. The treatment of a sp...

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Strain: 1. An injury to a tendon or muscle resulting from overuse or trauma. 2. A heredita...

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

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Tear: A drop of the salty secretion of the lacrimal glands which serves to moisten the con...

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Tendon: The soft tissue by which muscle attaches to bone. Tendons are somewhat flexible, b...

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Tension: 1) The pressure within a vessel, such as blood pressure: the pressure within t...

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Thigh: The thick, muscular portion of the leg that extends from the hip to the knee. The t...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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

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