Nursemaid Elbow Glossary of Terms

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

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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Adjacent: Lying nearby. Related terms include superjacent, subjacent, and circumjacent. Fr...

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

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

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

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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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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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

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

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

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

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Incidence: The frequency with which something, such as a disease or trait, appears in a pa...

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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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Ligament: A tough band of connective tissue that connects various structures, such as two ...

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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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Nursemaid's elbow: Partial dislocation of the elbow. The radius (a bone in the forearm) sl...

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Operation: In medicine, a surgical procedure. Many operations are named after persons. The...

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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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Pediatrics: The field of medicine that is concerned with the health of infants, children, ...

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

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Pronation: Rotation of the forearm and hand so that the palm is down (and the correspondin...

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Pulled elbow: See: Nursemaid's elbow.

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Radial: A word with diverse meanings in medicine and the biomedical sciences:

  1. Pe...

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Radial head subluxation: See: Nursemaid's elbow.

Radius: The smaller of the two bones of the forearm, located on the thumb's side. (The lar...

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Recurrence: The return of a sign, symptom, or disease after a remission. The reappearance ...

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Right-handed: The preferential use of the right hand for most fine manual tasks. Approxima...

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

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Subluxation: Partial dislocation of a joint. A complete dislocation is a luxation.

Subluxation of the radial head: See: Nursemaid's elbow.

Supination: Rotation of the arm or leg outward. In the case of supination of the arm, the ...

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Supine: With the back or dorsal surface downward. A person who is supine is lying face up....

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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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Toddler: A young child who is learning to walk with short unsteady steps. The word toddle ...

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Traction: In medicine, a procedure for manually pulling a part of the body to a beneficia...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Ulna: The larger of the two long bones within the forearm. (The smaller one is the radius....

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

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