Shin Splints Glossary of Terms

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Absorption: Uptake. For example, intestinal absorption is the uptake of food (or other sub...

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

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Anterior: The front, as opposed to the posterior. The anterior surface of the heart is tow...

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

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Bone scan: A nuclear medicine technique for creating images of bones on a computer screen ...

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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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Conditioning: 1) Exercise and practice to build the body up for either improved normal pe...

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Flat feet: Absence of an arch in the sole of the foot that causes the foot to lie flat whe...

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

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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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Inflammatory response: A fundamental type of response by the body to disease and injury, 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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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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Lower leg: The lower leg is the bottom segment of the leg: the part below the knee.

Medial: 1. Pertaining to the middle; in or toward the middle; nearer the middle of ...

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

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Participant: 1. In a clinical trial, someone who takes part in it. A participant ma...

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Prophylactic: A preventive measure. The word comes from the Greek for "an advance guard," ...

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Scan: As a noun, the data or image obtained from the examination of organs or regions of...

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Shin: 1. The tibia, the larger of the two bones in the lower leg.
2. T...

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Shinbone: The larger of the two bones in the lower leg (the smaller one being the fibula)....

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Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional fact...

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Stress fracture: A fracture caused by repetitive stress, as may occur in sports, strenuous...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

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

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

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

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

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