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Aug 132014

Range of motion

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The distance or degree over which something – such as a body joint – can move. ROM is often measured during an evaluation of a MSK issue.

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Registered nurse

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A nurse who has graduated from a university nursing program and passed a national licensing exam.

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Rehabilitation

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In health care, the process of improving or recovering lost function after an injury or illness that has caused functional limitations. May also refer to a department or area of study in medicine concerned with restoring function and mobility.

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Rheumatic diseases

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Conditions affecting the joints, bones, muscles and skin that cause one or more of the following symptoms: inflammation, stiffness, weakness, loss of mobility and deformity.

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Rheumatoid arthritis

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A chronic disease of the joints characterized by inflammation, stiffness, weakness, loss of mobility and eventual deformity.

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Rheumatologist

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A doctor who studies, diagnoses and treats arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.

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Rotation

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Rotation of body parts is referred to as internal (towards the centre of the body) or external (away from the centre of the body). Pointing your feet to face each other is an example of internal rotation.

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Rotator cuff

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A group of four muscles and their tendons that make a “cuff” over the head of the large arm bone (humerus). The rotator cuff helps to lift and rotate the arm and to stabilize the ball of the shoulder within the joint.

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