PHYSICAL AGENTS TO PROMOTE TISSUE HEALING

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ABBREVIATONS FOR CHAPTER 7

AMBULATION

WALKING OR MOVING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER

BRACE

AN ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE USED TO SUPPORT AND HOLD A PART OF THE BODY IN THE CORRECT POSITION TO ALLOW FUNCTIONING AND HEALING.

COMPRESS

A SOFT, MOIST, ABSORBENT CLOTH THAT IS FOLDED IN SEVERAL LAYERS AND APPLIED TO A PART OF THE BODY IN THE LOCAL APPLICATION OF HEAT OR COLD.

EDEMA

THE RETENTION OF FLUID IN THE TISSUES, RESULTING IN SWELLING.

ERYTHEMA

REDDING OF THE SKIN CAUSED BY DILATION OF SUPERFICIAL BLOOD VESSELS IN THE SKIN.

EXUDATE

A DISCHARGE PRODUCED BY THE BODYS TISSUES.

LONG ARM CHEST

A CAST THAT EXTENDS FROM THE AXILLA TO THE FINGERS.

MACERATION

A CAST THAT BEGINS JUST BELOW THE KNEE AND EXTENDS TO THE TOES.

ORTHOPEDIST

A PHYSICIAN WHO SPECIALIZES IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF DISORDERS OF THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM.

SHORT LEG CAST

A CAST THAT BEGINS JUST BELOW THE KNEE AND EXTENDS TO THE TOES.

SPLINT

AN ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE USED TO SUPPORT AND IMMOLBOLIZE A PART OF THE BODY.

SPRAIN

AN OVERSTRETCHING OF MUSCLE CAUSED BY TRAUMA

SUPPURATION

THE PROCESS OF PUS FORMATION

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