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Back Pain

Clinical Definition Back pain has numerous etiologies, with onset sometimes occurring after improper lifting or bending mechanics, and other times occurring due to spinal changes, such as intervertebral disc disorders. Disc injury, disc tears or herniation, spinal stenosis, scoliosis and other causes can trigger back pain, sometimes becoming chronic. Treatments include nonsurgical approaches (medication and

Bacterial Infection

Clinical Definition A bacterial infection is an illness due to pathogenic bacteria that gain entrance to the body through various means, including the digestive system, the respiratory system and the skin. Once inside the body, the bacteria reproduce, which may lead to various symptoms and illnesses. Bacterial infections are often treated with antibiotics. In Our

Bacterial Pneumonia

Clinical Definition Bacterial pneumonia is an acute or chronic infection of one or both lungs, with inflammation and varying degrees of fluid filling the air sacs (alveoli) causing respiratory dysfunction. Some types of pneumonia can be seen on chest x-ray as areas of density in the infected parts of the lungs. In Our Own Words

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