Wrist Injury (Wrist Fracture) Glossary of Terms

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

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Anatomical snuffbox: A hollow seen on the radial aspect (the thumbside) of the dorsum (the...

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Carpal bone: One of the wrist bones. There are eight carpal bones that are arranged in two...

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Carpal tunnel syndrome: Compression and irritation of the median nerve as it passes under ...

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

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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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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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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Occult: Hidden. For example, occult blood in the stool is hidden from the eye but can be d...

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Orthopedist: An orthopedic surgeon, a physician who corrects congenital or functional abno...

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

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

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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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Strain: 1. An injury to a tendon or muscle resulting from overuse or trauma. 2. A heredita...

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

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

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.

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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