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1 Movement of the shoulder girdle or another body part upwards (i.e. in a superior direction), as when shrugging the shoulders. Compare depression.

2 The process of raising a limb after an acute injury. Damage to the limb usually reduces mobility and causes swelling. Blood is not pumped back to the heart by muscles (see muscle pump), resulting in pooling of blood in the extremities. Elevation of an injured limb so that it lies above the heart, enables gravity to help the blood return to heart. See also RICE.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.


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