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Bonewit #7

Physical Agents to Promote Tissue Healing Carrie

ambulation walking or moving from one place to another
ambulatory able to walk as opposed to being confined to bed/wheelchair
brace an orthopedic device used to support & hold a part of the body in the correct position; allows functioning & healing
compress soft,moist, absorbent cloth that is folded in several layers & applied to a part of the body in the application of heat or cold
edema retention of fluid in the tissues, results in swelling
erythema reddening of the skin caused by dilation of superficial blood vessels in the skin
exudate discharge produced by the body's tissues
long arm cast a cast that extends from the axilla to the fingers of the hand, usually with a bend in the elbow
long leg cast a cast that extends from the midthigh to the toes
maceration the softening & breaking down of the skin as a result of prolonged exposure to moisture
orthopedist a physician who specializes in the diagnosis & treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles & nerves)
short arm cast a cast that extends from below the elbow to the fingers
short leg cast a cast that begins just below the knee & extends to the toes
soak the direct immersion of a body part in water or a medicated solution
splint an orthopedic device used to support & immobilize a part of the body
sprain trauma to a joint that causes injury to the ligaments
strain an overstretching of a muscle caused by trauma
suppuration the process of pus formation
Created by: carrienewman