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varus and valgus mnemonic?

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  1. dfagod

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    ok, I can't remember which is which. Anyone out there have an easy way to remember which is valgus, and which is varus?
     
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    The only way I was finally able to remember it was to have a good explanation of the definition:

    Valgus - the part of the body distal to the deformed part is deviated away from the body/midline

    Varus - the part of the body distal to the deformed part is deviated toward the body/midline
     
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  3. ddmo

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    I just remember it in terms of the legs.

    valGus: feet Go
    vaRus: feet Return
     
  4. trudub

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    Valgus in the legs I remember as the Left leg forms an L and valgus has an L in it.

    Then varus falls into place.
     
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    I am VARy horny.

    Think fat bastard walking in austin powers.
     
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    jonb12997 I'm a doctor!!

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    Think about sitting on a motorcycle and the position your legs will be in... a motorcycle says Varoooom. (Varus)
     
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    To make matters more confusing.... (from Stedman's)

    Valgus
    Bent or twisted outward away from the midline or body; modern accepted usage, particularly in orthopedics, erroneously transposes the meaning of varus to valgus, as in genu valgum (knock-knee). [Mod. L. turned outward, fr. L. bowlegged]

    Varus
    Bent or twisted inward toward the midline of the limb or body; modern accepted usage, particularly in orthopedics, erroneously transposes the meaning of valgus to varus, as in genu varum (bow-leg). [Mod. L. bent inward, fr. L. knock-kneed]
     
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    valGUM = knees sticking together like "Gum"

    varus = "the opposite", (bowlegged cowboy)

    Hope that helps :cool:
     
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    The German pig farmer had a pig run through his legs and out the gate, leaving him standing with his feet together, knees bent and apart, looking through his knees saying "VARUS my pig?"

    Oh, the joys of my intro to patient care class. :rolleyes:
     
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    thanks guys
     
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  12. That's the mnemonic I use.
     
  13. Antiviral22

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    Here's my two cents ... I'm a former physical therapist that has seen plenty of varus and valgus hips and knees. I remember it this way:

    VaLgus has the letter "L" in it, and the distal end of the valgus segement moves laterally away from midline (ie: genu valgus presents with touching knees and ankles the deviate laterally).

    Varus doesn't have an "L" so it the distal end must move medially
     
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    Don't forget when it's at the knees it's varum/valgum, for the calcaneus it's varus/valgus, correct?
     
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    I usually think of the bow legged children with Rickets. Rickets and vaRus both share the letter R.
     
  16. HamOnWholeWheat

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    This may seem like pure insanity, but if you're a history buff you'll remember that at the battle of the Teutoburg Forest (Year 9 AD), the Roman legions under the leadership of Quintilius Varus, who rode a horse (bowlegged) into battle, were anihilated by the German hordes.

    Varus->bowlegged; that's honestly how I remembered it, and it actually came in handy on Step I.


    Don't live like me,

    HamOn
     
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    Valgum has gum sticking your knees together. Love it, and it actually proved useful on Step 1.
     
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    Bowlegged from riding horses

    Varus

    .... as in "vhere is my horse" ;)
     
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    Rickets forms 2 D's (one turned and upside down and one a D) like someone with bowed legs and so does vaRus. (Rickets is caused by vit D D