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Pick

(pik),
Arnold, psychiatrist in Hapsburg Empire, 1851-1924. See: Pick atrophy, Pick bundle, Pick disease.

Pick

(pik),
Friedel, German physician, 1867-1926. See: Pick bodies, Pick disease, Pick syndrome.

Pick

(pik),
Ludwig, German physician, 1868-1935. See: Pick cell, Niemann-Pick cell, Niemann-Pick disease.

pick

1. A sharp, pointed, curved dental instrument used to explore tooth surfaces and restorations for defects.
2. To remove bits of food from teeth.

pick

a sharp-pointed instrument, of varying size and function, e.g. tooth pick, hoof pick.

hoof pick
consists of a palm grip and a stem with a sharp point. Used for picking out debris, especially stones, from between the bars and the frog of horses' hooves.

Patient discussion about pick

Q. Can a low back pain start from picking up something from the oven? My mother has a low back pain. It started five days ago while she picked up a cake from the oven. the pain is always there, it bugs her while she sleeps and it excruciate while she is doing her regular physical activity. What can it be? should we go to our GP? Is there anything we can do to ease the pain except Tylenol? Just for the record my mom is 69 years old, and she has tuberculosis and a heart disease.

A. This is a case where your mom should have an examination by a professional. A chiropractor would be the specialist to deal with back pain and can make any appropriate referrals if necessary.

Q. I have a low back pain that radiates to my leg when i pick up stuff. Is it a disc herniation? I am a 43 years old bank teller. During the past 5 months I've suffered from a low back pain. The pain is not very strong, but it gets much worse while doing physical activity. When i walk or lift heavy things the pain is even stronger, and it radiates to my left leg. Can it be signs for disc herniation?

A. It's possible that you have a nerve impingement from a disc herniation, but not necessarily so. What you need to know is that even if you have a herniated disc, the question is what would the recommended treatment be?
90% or more of herniated discs resolve without surgical treatment within 6 months. MRI imaging is generally only indicated if one is considering surgery; in other words, your pain and neurological status is such that surgery is clinically indicated. Then, an MRI may be helpful for the surgeon. If surgery is not indicated based on clinical/symptoms, then it probably is unwise to get an MRI. They often show abnormalities that are simply 'red herrings' and often prompt people to proceed with surgery that really is not needed. Beware!

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Any doubts on the matter had been dispelled at Queen Charlotte's Sound when Cook himself discovered a human forearm and other human remains which had recently been picked clean of flesh.
that dreamy feathery lilt to the horizon means this frail ship won't sink nor will your bones be picked clean by the shrieking sea birds in your wake that eat when they eat and sleep when they sleep.
Gun rights activist James Wallace said he went to a local shop last week to buy a new shotgun and found the shelves all but picked clean of rifles.
But HMS Invincible, once the flagship of the Royal Navy, is now being picked clean for scrap, her innards on display like a wounded beast.
I lost my all, or so it seemed at the time and still does when I think of my precious possessions picked clean of cash and cards and discarded on some rubbish tip.
The bones of dead sheep are picked clean by crows and wild foxes and scavenged by the wind.
The hallowed turf would be picked clean, the nets removed and, of course, we'd get banned.
Many of the grocery parts of the store were picked clean by shoppers supporting the strike by shopping at nonstriking supermarkets.
Picked clean by the IRS, the 68 year-old country music veteran is accorded senior citizen status, made even more poignant by the recent death of his old Outlaw sidekick Waylon Jennings.
Over a period of ten months last year, the venerable banking house was picked clean by its top executives and partners and then sold off.
It is believed that the bodies had been through a process known as excarnation, where they would have been left out in the open (or possibly suspended on wooden racks) to be picked clean of flesh by birds and animals.