Stress Fracture - Glossary

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Sep 12, 2014
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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 causes the bone breakage.

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

MRI: A painless method using magnetic fields for taking pictures of internal organs.

Trauma: An injury (as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent.

Swelling: Abnormal inflammation that occurs in the body.

Painkiller: Drug that is used to treat pain.

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.

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

Chronic Pain: Pain that occur of long duration

Bone scan: An imaging technique used to find the abnormalities in the bone

NSAIDs: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to reduce the pain and inflammation

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