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Laceration

Lacerations are jagged wounds caused by blunt objects that tear or crush the skin. These cuts are more common over bony areas, but they can occur anywhere on the body. Blunt object injuries usually cause more swelling and tissue damage, so the healing process can be more complicated.

A common cause of a laceration is often from trauma during a car accident, bicycle accident or dog bite. This is because an individual’s body will often collide with blunt objects, usually at high speed and intensity.

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Laminectomy

A surgical procedure that involves removing the outer arch of one or more vertebrae of the spine. This is done to treat conditions like a herniated disk or other injury where a bone is displaced by relieving compression on the spinal cord.

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Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

A condition characterized by pain radiating over the lateral epicondyle, a bone located in the elbow. Lateral epicondylitis occurs when the tendons attached to this bone start to deteriorate from overuse.

Causes
Although lateral epicondylitis is commonly referred to as tennis elbow, it can occur in individuals who engage in any action that involves repetitive twisting of the wrist or forearm. These repetitive movements cause the tendon in the elbow to tear and deteriorate.

Symptoms
Lateral epicondylitis may cause symptoms that include pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, lack of full extension of the elbow joint and tightness of the forearm muscles.

Treatment Procedures
Lateral epicondylitis may be treated using various nonsurgical procedures including compression of the forearm by wearing a brace, applying heat to the injured area, completing physical therapy and other stretching exercises to strengthen the muscles around the elbow joint and receiving cortisone injections into the injured tendon to relieve pain.

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Lower Back Pain

A condition comprised of an ache, soreness or discomfort at the lower part of the back or spinal column. Low back pain can relate to problems with both the vertebrae and discs of the spine, the ligaments and nerves around the spine and discs, the muscles of the low back and injury to internal organs in the abdomen or pelvic area.

Causes
Lower back pain can stem from many causes, including sprained ligaments or muscles, ruptured or degenerated vertebral discs, fractures to vertebrae of the spine and injury to other internal organs in the lower back area.

Symptoms
Lower back pain can range from mild to severe, depending on the cause or complexity of the problem. It is usually localized to the low back area, but can extend into the buttock area or legs. The pain typically gets worse with movement, such as when a person goes from a standing position to bending or twisting.

Other symptoms of lower back pain consist of numbness in the affected area as well as in the legs or buttocks, difficulty in walking or moving and loss of bladder control.

Treatment Procedures
Typically, lower back pain will go away on its own, especially if the affected individual takes measures (plenty of bed rest, physical therapy treatments and pain medication) to aid in their recovery. Surgery is rarely needed, unless a person has underlying nerve or vertebral problems causing the pain. In this case, certain surgical procedures such as microdiskectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion may be used to relieve lower back pain.

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Lumbar Laminectomy

A surgical procedure that removes the bony arches of one or more of the spinal vertebrae. This is done to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and sciatic nerve caused by a traumatic injury to the spine.

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