Finger Fracture / Broken Finger - Glossary

Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Nov 19, 2015
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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 caused the bone breakage.

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

Chronic Pain: Pain that occur of long duration

Swelling: Abnormal inflammation that occurs in the body.

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.

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

Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy is a treatment where, it restores, maintains and promotes the overall fitness and health.

Braces: A device, which give support to the injured part of the body

Bruising: A bruise or "contusion" is a traumatic injury of the soft tissues, which results in breakage of the local capillaries and leakage of red blood cells. In the skin it can be seen as a reddish-purple discoloration, which does not blanch when pressed upon. When it fades it becomes green and brown as the body metabolizes the blood cells in the skin. It is best treated with local application of a cold pack immediately after injury.

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