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We have compiled the definitions of over 500 different terms used in brain and spinal cord injury treatment and rehabilitation.
Understanding the terms used in the first step in becoming an effective part of the treatment team. Supplies lateral rectus, an extrinsic muscle of the eye.
abduction – Movement of a limb away from the midline of the body.
active myofascial trigger point – Particular spots on the body where a muscle or its fascia is easily irritated and symptomatic in terms of pain.
active range of motion – Degree of movement of a segment of a joint. acute – Of recent onset (hours, days, or a few weeks).
acute care – Care provided during the very early stages following injury, including surgery and intensive care. acute rehabilitation program – Primary emphasis on the early rehabilitation phase which usually begins as soon as a person is medically stable.
Clap your hands together and then move them away from each other; this is abduction. abcess – A localized collection of pus in a cavity, formed by the disintegration of tissues.
absence epilepsy – A type of epilepsy that occurs especially in children and is manifested by a sudden momentary loss of cosciousness with minimal motor manifestations.
acetylcholine – Reversible acetic acid ester of choline that serves as a neurotransmitter at the myoneural junction, in parasympathetic ganglia, and at parasympathetic nerve endings.
acoustic nerve – The eighth cranial nerve or nervi vestibulocochlearis, which consists of two sets of fibers, the pars vestibularis nervi octavi and the pars cochlear nervi octavi. acoustic neuroma – A tumor or new growth which involves the acoustic division of the eighth cranial nere, largely made up of nerve cells and nerve fibers.