Distal Radius Fracture - Glossary

Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Apr 07, 2016
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Glossary

Fracture: A fracture is a break in the bone or cartilage. Fractures are also named by the trauma event that cause the bone breakage.

Bone Healing: Otherwise known as fracture healing, bone healing is a process in which the body meditates the repair of a broken bone.

Osteoporosis: A disease in which bones become thin, weak and are easily fractured.

X-rays: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-rays possess the properties of penetrating most substances (to varying extents), of acting on a photographic film or plate (permitting radiography), and of causing a fluorescent screen to give off light (permitting fluoroscopy). In low doses, X-rays are used for making images that help to diagnose disease, and in high doses to treat cancer. Formerly called a Roentgen ray.

CT: This is a X- ray procedure enhanced by computer the results are three dimensioned scan through a body part showing bone and body tissue.

Swelling: Abnormal inflammation that occurs in the body.

Surgery: A procedure to remove or repair a part of the body or to find out whether disease is present.

Orthopedics: Orthopedics is a branch of medicine, which is related to diagnosis and treatment of diseases of Musculo- skeletal system.

Physical therapist: A health professional trained in the use of treatments such as exercise and massage.

Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild localized discomfort to agony. Pain has both physical and emotional components.

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