Stretching An activity designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent to increase the range of motion in a joint. Stretching increases the blood flow to muscles and improves strength and flexibility as well as helping prevent muscle stress and strain. Read more about the Desk Doctor individualized stretching and exercise plan.
Subluxation Partial dislocation or restriction of the bones in a joint. Subluxation is a term also used to describe a joint restricted by muscular tension. By resolving (relaxing) a muscle tension, the subluxation can be resolved. This is often achieved by slow controlled stretches (see Desk Doctor exercise plan) or by manipulation of the joint by a specialist (Osteopath or Chiropractor).
Subluxated The condition of a joint being restricted or moving in a way other than as it was designed to do.
Symptom A sensation of discomfort or change in health function. May be indicative of a medical condition or injury.
Syndrome A group of signs and symptoms which are reported by the individual and detected in an examination which characterize a specific condition.
Synovial Fluid A clear fluid secreted by the synovial membrane which lubricates joint surfaces and gives nutrients to the joint cartilage, allowing the joint to move freely.
Synovial Sheath The tissue covering a tendon allowing it to move more easily as it passes over a joint or next to a bone. Formation of a nodule on the tendon can prevent the tendon from moving through the synovial sheath easily, as is the case in 'trigger finger' (also referred to as stenosing tenosynovitis).
Swelling Accumulation of fluid characterized by puffiness and restriction of motion. Generalized swelling may be secondary to some other disorder. Localized swelling generally occurs following an injury. It is a natural process which aids the healing process by effectively cordoning off the affected area, keeping all the building blocks needed for repair close to the injury. Excessive swelling can be reduced by applying ice, however icing minor swelling may have negative effect on the ability of the ligament or muscle to heal properly.
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