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closed reduction, external fixation of a fracture
external manipulation of a fracture to regain alignment along with application of an external device to protect and hold the bone in place while healing
casting
use of a stiff, solid dressing around a limb or other body part to immobilize it during healing
splinting
use of a rigid device to immobilize or restrain a broken bone or injured bodypart; provides less support than a cast, but can be adjusted more easily to accomodate swelling from an injury
traction (Tx)
application of a pulling force to a fractured bone or dislocated joint to maintain proper position during healing
closed reduction, percutaneous fixation of a fracture
external manipulation of a fracture to regain alignment, followed by insertion of one or more pins through the skin to maintain position; often includes use of an external device called a fixator to k
orthosis
use of an orthopedic appliance to maintain a bone's position or to provide limb support (e.g. back, knee, or wrist brace)
physical therapy (PT)
treatment to rehabilitate patients disabled by illness or injury; involves many different modalities (methods), such as exercise, hydrotherapy, diathermy, and ultrasound
prosthesis
an artificial replacement for a missing body part or a device used to improve a body function, such as an artificial limb, hip, or joint
analgesic
a drug that relieves pain
narcotic
a potent analgesic with addictive properties
antiinflammatory
a drug that reduces inflammation
antipyretic
a drug that relieves fever
nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID)
a group of drugs with analgesic, antiinflammatory, and antipyretic properties (e.g. ibuprofen and aspirin) commonly used to treat arthritis