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Bone Fractures

A complete or incomplete break in a bone resulting from the application of excessive force. A fracture usually results from traumatic injury to bones causing the continuity of bone tissues or bony cartilage to be disrupted or broken. Fracture classifications include simple, compound, incomplete and complete.

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An acute or chronic cutaneous inflammatory condition that is characterized by spots and blisters which may be dry or with watery discharge and more or less itchy or burning. Although atopic dermatitis (eczema) may affect virtually any area, it classically involves skin on the arms and behind the knees. It tends to flare periodically and then subside for a time, even up to several years. The exact cause is unknown, but it may result from a malfunction in the body's immune system. 

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A common chronic disease of the skin consisting of red elevated areas on the skin which coalesce to form plaques with distinct borders. As the disease progresses and if it is untreated, a silvery, yellow-white scale develops. New lesions tend to appear at sites of trauma; they may appear in any location but frequently are on the scalp, knees, elbows, umbilicus and genitalia.

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Sports Injuries

Any of a number of conditions including concussions, sprains and strains, shoulder separations, hamstring injuries, knee ligament injuries, shin splints, foot and ankle injuries, bursitis, tendonitis, stress fractures or broken bones that occur in the context of playing a sport or engaging in other forms of recreation.

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A condition that is characterized by the sensation that one's surroundings or self are spinning either horizontally or vertically. It is caused by a disturbance in the inner ear or the nerve tracks leading from them which arises as a result of inner ear disease, toxic conditions, sunstroke, postural hypotension or toxemia due to food poisoning or infectious disease.

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