Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Terminology



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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