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

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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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Collateral: In anatomy, a collateral is a subordinate or accessory part. A collateral is a...

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

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

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Indicate: In medicine, to make a treatment or procedure advisable because of a particular ...

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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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Lateral: 1. In anatomy, the side of the body or a body part that is farther from th...

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Left-handed: The preferential use of the left hand for most fine manual tasks. Approximate...

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

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

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Motor: Something that produces or refers to motion. For example, a motor neuron is a nerve...

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Normal range: Characteristic of 95 percent of values from a normal population. The remaini...

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

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Primary care: A patient's main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continui...

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

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

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Referral: The recommendation of a medical or paramedical professional. If you get a refer...

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Referred pain: Pain felt at a site other than where the cause is situated. An example is t...

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

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

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

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

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

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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

Ulnar: Pertaining to the ulna, the larger bone in the forearm.

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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