1st Edition

Quick Reference Dictionary for Orthopedics

By Antonia Chen Copyright 2012

    The Quick Reference Dictionary for Orthopedics by Dr. Antonia Chen is a portable, all-in-one, orthopedic resource for anyone who works with orthopedic patients. This pocket-size book focuses on commonly used orthopedic terms and definitions, with over 2,200 defined words — including anatomic terms and medical root terminology.

    Quick Reference Dictionary for Orthopedics also includes 25 in-depth appendices on a variety of orthopedic related topics such as imaging modalities, medication references for analgesia, antibiotics, and anticoagulation. Additionally, orthopedic eponyms, acronyms, and abbreviations are defined and described in detail.

    The anatomy of muscles, bones, and nerves, and vessels are described in detail, as well as the aspiration and injection of common joints. Quick Reference Dictionary for Orthopedics also covers common fracture classifications along with the appropriate splinting, bracing, or casting technique.

    Quick Reference Dictionary for Orthopedics provides an important, at your fingertips guide for anyone who works with orthopedic patients, including orthopedic surgeons, residents, fellows, medical students, physical therapists, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, and nurse practitioners.

    Dictionary of Terms


    List of Appendices

    Appendix 1 Abbreviations

    Appendix 2 Medical Roots Terminology

    Appendix 3 Anatomical Terms (Orientation and Direction)

    Appendix 4 Anatomy—Muscles (Insertion, Origin, Innervation)

    Appendix 5 Anatomy—Bones

    Appendix 6 Anatomy—Peripheral Nerve Innervations—Upper Extremity

    Appendix 7 Anatomy—Peripheral Nerve Innervations—Lower Extremity

    Appendix 8 Nerve Root Assessment—Upper Extremity

    Appendix 9 Nerve Root Assessment—Lower Extremity.

    Appendix 10 Dermatomes

    Appendix 11 Reflexes

    Appendix 12 Muscle Strength Scale (0 to 5 scale)

    Appendix 13 Normal Joint Ranges of Motion

    Appendix 14 Aspiration and Injection of and Around Joints

    Appendix 15 Common Fracture Classifications

    Appendix 16 Traction Pin Placement

    Appendix 17 Casts and Splints—Application and Usage

    Appendix 18 Braces

    Appendix 19 Analgesic Medications Commonly Used in Orthopedics

    Appendix 20 Anticoagulation Medications Commonly Used in Orthopedics

    Appendix 21 Antibiotics Commonly Used in Orthopedics

    Appendix 22 Imaging Modalities in Orthopedics

    Appendix 23 Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography

    Appendix 24 Research in Orthopedics

    Appendix 25 Orthopedic Associations


    Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA received her bachelor of science degree from Yale University. She then received her medical degree from UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, where she graduated with Distinction in Research and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Antonia also received her master of business administration degree from Rutgers Business School and graduated as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She is currently an orthopedic resident at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to clinical duties, her research interests are in arthroplasty and periprosthetic joint infections; she has delivered many podium presentations and posters on the national stage. Antonia has also received numerous awards during residency, including research awards and the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. She has served as a resident liaison for the membership committee in the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Antonia hopes to pursue a rewarding career as an academic arthroplasty surgeon.

     “This pocket reference contains definitions of high-yield terms as well as efficient appendixes that can guide patient management and serve as a vital resource on the floors. There are a number of quick reference guides, but none may be as purely focused on junior orthopedic residents as this one is. I will recommend that our program director put a copy into the pockets of junior residents at the beginning of their first orthopedic call.”    

    -Mark R. Hutchinson, MD, Doody's Review Service