Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia) Glossary of Terms

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

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

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Bowel: The small and large intestine.

Bruise: Injury of the soft tissues that results in breakage of the local capillaries and l...

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

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Coccydynia: Pain in the coccyx (the tailbone).

Coccyx: The small tail-like bone at the bottom of the spine, very near the anus. It is the...

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

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Constipation: Infrequent and frequently incomplete bowel movements. Constipation is the op...

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CT scan: Computed tomography scan. Detailed images of internal organs are obtained by this...

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

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Fiber: The parts of fruits and vegetables that cannot be digested. Fiber is of vital impor...

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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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Idiopathic: Of unknown cause. Any disease that is of uncertain or unknown origin may be te...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Injure: To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emotional sense. Fr...

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

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MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging.

Narcotic: 1. A drug that causes insensibility or stupor. A narcotic induces narcosi...

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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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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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Rectum: The last 6 to 8 inches of the large intestine. The rectum stores solid waste until...

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Recuperate: To recover health and strength. Also known as convalesce.

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

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Spine: 1) The column of bone known as the vertebral column, which surrounds and protects ...

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Stool: The solid matter that is discharged in a bowel movement.

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Tailbone: Popular name for the coccyx, the small bone at the bottom of the spine made up o...

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

Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Tumor: An abnormal mass of tissue. Tumors are a classic sign of inflammation, and can be ...

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Vertebral column: The 33 vertebrae that fit together to form a flexible, yet extraordinari...

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