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Hi everybody,

Does anyone know where I could find an actual definition of pathomechanics so I could define it and be able to reference it in my assignment?

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Does anyone know where I could find an actual definition of pathomechanics so I could define it and be able to reference it in my assignment?

Cheers,

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it appears from a quick search NO strange that a word used alot is not defined- the medline dictionary had no results.

But I guess it would be defined as mechanics which lead to pathology, which is why in your other thread it was discussed that there is a limit on definitive research.
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it appears from a quick search NO strange that a word used alot is not defined- the medline dictionary had no results.
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Which is why I said, you need to define "pathomechanics" in the other thread, Dikfeld.
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it appears from a quick search NO strange that a word used alot is not defined- the medline dictionary had no results.

But I guess it would be defined as mechanics which lead to pathology, which is why in your other thread it was discussed that there is a limit on definitive research.
Pathomechanics is a word construction. It derives its meaning directly from its sub parts. I have posted three definitions below from the free dictionary as a reference.

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http://www.thefreedictionary.com/construction
con·struc·tion (kn-strkshn)
n.
1.
a. The act or process of constructing.
b. The art, trade, or work of building: an engineer trained in highway construction; worked in construction for seven years.
2.
a. A structure, such as a building, framework, or model.
b. Something fashioned or devised systematically: a nation that was glorious in its historical construction.
c. An artistic composition using various materials; an assemblage or a collage.
3. The way in which something is built or put together: a shelter of simple construction.
4. The interpretation or explanation given to an expression or a statement: I was inclined to put a favorable construction on his reply.
5. Grammar
a. The arrangement of words to form a meaningful phrase, clause, or sentence.
b. A group of words so arranged.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pathology
pathology [pəˈθɒlədʒɪ]
n pl -gies
1. (Medicine) the branch of medicine concerned with the cause, origin, and nature of disease, including the changes occurring as a result of disease2. (Medicine) the manifestations of disease, esp changes occurring in tissues or organs
3. any variant or deviant condition from normal

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mechanics
me·chan·ics (m-knks)
n.
1. (used with a sing. verb) The branch of physics that is concerned with the analysis of the action of forces on matter or material systems.2. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Design, construction, and use of machinery or mechanical structures.
3. (used with a pl. verb) The functional and technical aspects of an activity: The mechanics of football are learned with practice.
The resulting definition of pathomechanics is a direct combination of the definitions above.
Pathomechanics: the cause, origin, and nature of disease that is concerned with the analysis of the action of forces on matter or material systems.

It is identical to using terms like calcaneocuboid joint, which depends on the anatomical description of two independent bones in order to have meaning.
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I wonder if 'pathomechanics' is technically classed as a portmanteau?
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Thanks for the helpful responses and yeah it would surely have to be classed at a "Portmanteau" although i'm no genius in linguistics...

Thanks for that post Jeff has definitely helped me out, although i still find it weird that a word used so often does not actually have a definition in any medical texts...
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Thanks for the helpful responses and yeah it would surely have to be classed at a "Portmanteau" although i'm no genius in linguistics...

Thanks for that post Jeff has definitely helped me out, although i still find it weird that a word used so often does not actually have a definition in any medical texts...
You could always use terms like mechanically induced pathology or biomechanically related pathology that would enable you to avoid use of the term pathomechanics, if the lack of a written definition concerns you.
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Does anyone know where I could find an actual definition of pathomechanics so I could define it and be able to reference it in my assignment?

Cheers,

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Here is an online definition that I found. It is interesting that there don't appear to be any definitions in any online dictionaries that show up in a google search. This is a clear and simple definition and I like the fact that it mentions both structure and function.

http://www.reocities.com/chacalos/glossary.htm
pathomechanics: Mechanical forces that are applied to a living organism and adversely change the body's structure and function.
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Here is an online definition that I found. It is interesting that there don't appear to be any definitions in any online dictionaries that show up in a google search. This is a clear and simple definition and I like the fact that it mentions both structure and function.

http://www.reocities.com/chacalos/glossary.htm
pathomechanics: Mechanical forces that are applied to a living organism and adversely change the body's structure and function.
So, pathomechanics are the forces which result in dysfunction. So in your presentation Dick you should only talk about forces, not structure
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Dick:

When confronted by such a word as "pathomechanics", where there is no definition that is readily available, I first question whether this word is really a necessary addition to my vocabulary. In other words, does the word describe something that I couldn't describe with more commonly used and better defined words?

The definition of "pathomechanics" should be, as I understand it how it is used as follows: the study of the abnormal forces acting on and within the body that causes pathology.

"Pathomechanics" is not synonymous with "mechanically-induced pathology" or "biomechanically related pathology" since "pathomechanics" is primarily a study of abnormal biomechanics not primarily a study of pathology.

When I speak or write, I prefer to simply use the term "biomechanics of pathology" instead of "pathomechanics". I think this is a much more clear and better understood phrase that means the same thing.

Hope this helps.
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"Pathomechanics" is not synonymous with "mechanically-induced pathology" or "biomechanically related pathology" since "pathomechanics" is primarily a study of abnormal biomechanics not primarily a study of pathology.

Hope this helps.
It is a study of both mechanics and pathology.

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Hope this will help !

"PATHOMECHANICS
As defined previously, locomotor biomechanics is the application of mechanical laws to living systems in motion.
Pathomechanics can then be defined as the mechanics of living systems in motion resulting in, or leading to, dysfunction or injury."

Larry P. Brown, Patricia Yavorsky, "Locomotor Biomechanics and Pathomechanics: A Review", JOSPT Vol. 9, No. 1, July 1987

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Nice find Daniel

Here's the link to the full article: http://www.jospt.org/issues/articleI...cle_detail.asp
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Thanks Daniel! Very nice work on finding this article! Has helped me alot!

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