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

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

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

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Avulse: To separate or tear away a body part, as from an accident or surgery. While playi...

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Avulsion: Tearing away. A nerve can be avulsed by an injury, as can part of a bone.

Belly: That part of the body that contains all of the structures between the chest and t...

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

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Chronic pain: Pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) that persists or progresses over ...

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

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

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Contraction: The tightening and shortening of a muscle.

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

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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Femur: The single bone in the thigh, which is the largest bone in the human body. Also kno...

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Fibula: The smaller of the two bones in the lower leg. The end of the fibula forms the bon...

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

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Frostbite: Damage to tissues from freezing due to the formation of ice crystals within cel...

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Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

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

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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

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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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Insertion: A chromosome abnormality that is due to insertion of a segment from one chromos...

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Ischium: The bone that makes up the lower-rear part of the pelvis. Also known as ischiopub...

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

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Knee joint: The knee joint has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the large sh...

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Labor: Childbirth, the process of delivering a baby and the placenta, membranes, and umbil...

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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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Magnetic resonance imaging: A procedure that uses magnetism, radio waves, and a computer t...

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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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Onset: In medicine, the first appearance of the signs or symptoms of an illness as, for ex...

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

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Pelvic: Having to do with the pelvis, the lower part of the abdomen, located between the h...

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Pelvis: The lower part of the abdomen, located between the hip bones. Structures in the fe...

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

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

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Recurrent: Appearing or occurring again. For example, a recurrent fever is a fever that ha...

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

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Resistance: Opposition to something, or the ability to withstand something. For example, s...

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Rupture: A break or tear in any organ (such as the spleen) or soft tissue (such as the ach...

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Sciatica: Pain that results from irritation of the sciatic nerve and typically radiates fr...

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Spasm: A brief, automatic jerking movement. A muscle spasm can be quite painful, with the ...

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Spinal cord: The major column of nerve tissue that is connected to the brain and lies with...

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Stomach: The digestive organ that is located in the upper abdomen, under the ribs. The upp...

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

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

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Tibia: The larger of the two long bones in the lower leg. The tibia is familiarly known as...

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Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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