Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Here is a bit of a cheat sheet to help you decifer some of the terms thrown about by surgeons.........

Medial = inside (of leg)

Lateral= outside (of leg)

Inferior = below

Superior = above

Quadriceps = front thigh muscles

Hamstring= back thigh muscles

Patella = kneecap

Femur = thigh bone

Tibia = Shin bone, main weight-bearing bone

Fibula = smaller of the two bones in the lower leg.

Articular = of the joint

Intra-articular = inside the joint

Extra-articular = outside the joint

Medial compartment = inside half of the knee joint

Lateral compartment = outside half of the knee joint

Patellofemoral joint = The joint where the kneecap slides up and down in the groove of the thigh bone

Meniscus = Shock absorbing structure between femur and tibia (often mistakenly called "cartilage")

Cartilage = smooth covering of joint surfaces. Allows painfree movement

Plenty to learn isn't there!

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