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  •  Utilized – verb
    to make use of : turn to practical use or account
    The teachers utilized their time by splitting the class in half and teaching two lessons.
  •  Compensatory – adjective
    Reducing or offsetting the unpleasant or unwelcome effects of something
    The teachers are using compensatory measures to keep the students quiet.
  •  Stagnant – adjective
    Showing no activity; dull and sluggish
    A mile into the 5k, the runner’s pace became stagnant.
  • Elicitation – noun
    To call forth, draw out, or provoke (a response or reaction)
    The elicitation of his information was not easy.
  •  Staple – noun
    A basic or principal item, thing, feature, element, or part
    The crime genre is a staple for television shows.
  •  Resolution – noun
    The reduction or disappearance of a swelling or inflammation without suppuration
    The resolution of her injury was impeccable.
  •  Tendons – noun
    A cord or band of dense, tough, inelastic, white, fibrous tissue, serving to connect a muscle with bone or
    part; sinew.
    The tendons in her knee needed fixing.
  •  Ligaments – noun
    A band of tissue, usually white and fibrous, serving to connect bones, hold organs in place, etc.
    The runner tore a ligament in his leg.
  •  Vast – adjective
    Of very great size or proportions; huge; enormous
    There is a vast number of students at Neenah High School.
  •  Collagen – noun
    The main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified
    form for cosmetic surgical treatments.
    The amount of collagen increased when she got plastic surgery.
  • Strain – noun
    Great or excessive effort or striving after some goal, object, or effect.
    The strain endured by an athlete in order to do well is incredible.
  •  Geriatric – adjective
    Relating to old people, especially with regard to their health care.
    The geriatric hospital was just built on Main Street.
  •  Vital – adjective
    Absolutely necessary or important; essential.
    It is vital that students get to school on time.
  •  Rehabilitation – noun
    The act of restoring something to its original state.
    After her hip injury, Adam’s grandma had to go the the hospital for rehabilitation.
  •  Prevention – noun
    The act of stopping something from happening or arising.
    The physical therapist recommended certain exercises to help the prevention of another injury.
  •  Assessment – noun
    The evaluation or estimation of the nature, quality, or ability of someone or something.
    Before being recommended to a therapist, Sophie had to see the doctor for an assessment.
  •  Outpatient – noun
    A patient who receives medical treatment without being admitted to a hospital.
    After knee surgery, Aunt Carol was treated as an outpatient for two months.
  •  Debilitating – verb
    To make weak or feeble.
    Heart attacks can be debilitating, especially to older victims.
  •  Function – noun
    An activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing.
    Hopefully her arm will return to its regular function after the cast comes off.
  •  Practice – noun
    The exercise of a profession.
    Going into medical school, John had to pick his practice carefully.
  •  Treatment – noun
    Medical care given to a patient for an illness or injury.
    Sarah’s treatment was very complex.
  •  Specialize – verb
    Confine oneself to providing a particular product or service.
    The rehab facility specializes in back injuries.
  •  Orthopedic – adjective
    Relating to the branch of medicine dealing with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles.
    After he broke his nose, Jeremy needed to see an orthopedic surgeon.
  •  Diagnosis – noun
    The identification of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms.
    After weeks of coughing, Samantha needed to go to the doctor to get a diagnosis of her nasty cold.
  •  Soothe – verb
    Reduce pain or discomfort in a part of the body.
    The main goal of a physical therapist is to soothe an injury to the best of their ability.
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