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- physical examination abnormalities found by the doctor, one component of the
- under California law describes the frequency of a pain as occurring 25% of the
time; of "occasional," "intermittent," "frequent," and "constant."
disease or collection of symptoms that are not readily detectable by physical
examination or laboratory tests.
Objective straight chiropractors
-- Chiropractors whose sole objective is to "correct vertebral subluxations --
not because they cause disease or are associated with any medical condition, but
simply because the body works better without them "
-- Blood in stool that is not visible to the naked eye.
This is a part of the second cervical vertebral bone (C2) in the
upper cervical spine. It is also called the dens.
Genes that promote cell division. Some of these genes can cause cancer if they
A physician who specializes in the treatment of cancer.
An operation which involves cutting the skin and tissues during the surgery to
expose a full view of the structures and organs involved in the procedure.
The inability to close just one eye in a person with a hemiparesis.
This word has several meanings. To the lay person (non-physician) it means
produced without chemicals. It usually means from the ground, as in farming.
To the doctor it means any problem with a clear pathologic basis, that is a
trauma, injury, or chemical problem.
Organic Anxiety Syndrome
A chemical malfunction of the brain which produces anxiety, as opposed to
anxiety related to situations or stress.
Organic Mental Syndrome (Chronic Brain Syndrome)
This is a dysfunction of the brain due to
trauma, chemical imbalance, stroke or some other physical or physiologic
Organic Mood Syndrome
This is a mood disturbance caused by chemical imbalances in the brain rather
than stress or bad situations.
Organic Personality Syndrome
A change in personality related to chemical or physical changes in the brain,
rather than one due to stress, etc.
Oriental Massage Therapy
an oriental-based system of finger pressure massage, such as acupressure and
shiatsu, which treat points along the acupressure meridians, aiming to release
discomfort and rebalance energy.
Upper cervical measurements and chiropractic techniques that often require use
of instruments and machines to correct what are claimed to be minute but
all-important subluxations of the atlas.
Orthopaedics (also Orthopedics)
The medical specialty involved in the preservation and restoration of function
of the musculoskeletal system and includes treatment of broken bones, sprains,
strains, ligament injuries, and tendon injuries.
These include any appliance needed by a patient because of any disability,
weakness or loss of function. Another name for them is "durable medical
The process of forming bone in your body.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Syndrome
This is an inherited disease resulting in imperfect and easily broken bone.
People with this problem may have hundreds of broken bones in their life.
A disorder or disease in which bone is abnormally brittle and less dense. It
results from the loss of calcium. It may be due to age or result of a number of
other diseases. Older women are most at risk.
A surgery to cut or break a bone.
A congenital fusion (like Klippel-Feil syndrome) involving the uppermost
vertebral bone in the neck and a flattening of the base of the skull.
The same as thoracic outlet syndrome, this involve
damage to the nerves in the arm from damage where they exit the chest.
insurance policies limit the costs an individual or family must pay each year
for medical care. For example, a policy might have a $1,000 yearly limit.
After spending this amount, the insurance coverage takes care of all medical
treatment. This is also called a stop-loss amount.
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