Medical/Neurosurgical Glossary

The dictionary or glossary includes the terms most commonly used by physicians, pharmacists and other practitioners in spine medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.  It includes those most commonly used in workers' compensation law.  It is not complete and is not perfect.   Some terms are common and others are rare.  Procedure names and other terms change constantly as does medicine in general. 

Hyperlinks have been added to many items so that this glossary can also be used as an index.

I present this list to help the patients, lawyers and insurance administrators interpret the notes that they receive from their doctors.


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If you are aware of any useful spine and neuromusculoskeletal terms which are not included in this list, or if you have suggestions for better definitions,  your help would be greatly appreciated.  Please send me any upgrades and I will update the web site appropriately.  Click here to send a comment.






The information in this site briefly describes issues related to medical treatments, and has been licensed by from Northern California Neurosurgery Medical Group, Inc., who is solely responsible for said content.  This web site is not a substitute for good medical care or for a consultation with a spine specialist. It should not be used to plan your treatment. The well considered advice of a specialist who has personally examined you is always superior to even the best internet pages.


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Last modified: 07/27/08