varus and valgus mnemonic?

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  1. dfagod

    dfagod Member 7+ Year Member

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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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  3. trouta

    trouta Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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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
     
  4. ddmo

    ddmo BMF 10+ Year Member

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    I just remember it in terms of the legs.

    valGus: feet Go
    vaRus: feet Return
     
  5. trudub

    trudub Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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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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  6. USFOptho

    USFOptho Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I am VARy horny.

    Think fat bastard walking in austin powers.
     
  7. jonb12997

    jonb12997 I'm a doctor!! 10+ Year Member

    Think about sitting on a motorcycle and the position your legs will be in... a motorcycle says Varoooom. (Varus)
     
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  8. humuhumu

    humuhumu nukunuku apua'a 7+ Year Member

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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]
     
  9. Mike59

    Mike59 Sweatshop FP in Ontario 7+ Year Member

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    The inner-net
    valGUM = knees sticking together like "Gum"

    varus = "the opposite", (bowlegged cowboy)

    Hope that helps :cool:
     
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  10. Carbon

    Carbon Who you calling a contagion? 10+ Year Member

    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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  11. dfagod

    dfagod Member 7+ Year Member

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    thanks guys
     
  12. humuhumu

    humuhumu nukunuku apua'a 7+ Year Member

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    SDN rocks. :D
     
  13. That's the mnemonic I use.
     
  14. Antiviral22

    Antiviral22 Member 5+ Year Member

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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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  15. fpr85

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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?
     
  16. smartreader

    smartreader Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I usually think of the bow legged children with Rickets. Rickets and vaRus both share the letter R.
     
  17. HamOnWholeWheat

    HamOnWholeWheat Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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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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  18. Sweet Tea

    Sweet Tea Girl Next Door 10+ Year Member

    Valgum has gum sticking your knees together. Love it, and it actually proved useful on Step 1.
     
  19. Lorae

    Lorae Member 7+ Year Member

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    Bowlegged from riding horses

    Varus

    .... as in "vhere is my horse" ;)
     
  20. OsteopathMarine

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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 Deficiency, is formed via the secondary ossification center (epiphyses) - 2 ends of the bone.
     
  21. AttackNME

    AttackNME Podiatrist 10+ Year Member

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    varus - r looks like a parenthesis ( ) which is the shape of varus deformities in general
     
  22. namethatsmell

    namethatsmell 5+ Year Member

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    Valgus--> your knees move inward toward your "vulgar parts"

    Keep it kinky.
     
  23. D elegans

    D elegans 5+ Year Member

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    Why the 7 year bump?
     
  24. TallScrubs

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    I don't know why this was bumped but goddamn was this stupid. People are using some of the most stupidest (see what I did there) mnemonics ever.

    Valgus has L; distal part moves Lateral

    Boom.
     
  25. upright

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    Varus = v"air"us

    like the air blowing through the bowed legs

    /endthread
     
  26. Functional

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    Valgus has the letter 'l' in it. 'l' -> lateral force.
     
  27. upright

    upright Banned

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    ummm, i ended the thread bro.
     
  28. Morsetlis

    Morsetlis Preliminary Medicine 7+ Year Member

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    That's the first thing I thought of.

    vaLgus
     
  29. ftc68

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    I appreciated the bump. The Rickets mnemonic was interesting. So was the kinky line. To each his own.

    Calling responses 'the most stupidest' might've been an attempt at humor. I forgot to laugh. Rather, the sarcasm - or condescension - did help kill the thread, which is what you wanted. But that's too bad because other people's ideas and creativity where stemmed.

    And if you feel like I'm calling you out: I am. Say what works best for you, but no need to put down others. We're on the same team.
     
  30. rodmichael82

    rodmichael82 2+ Year Member

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    valGus has a G in it for GO OUT.

    Varus is just the opposite lol
     
  31. witzelsucht

    witzelsucht 2+ Year Member

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    Lord Varys was walking bow legged for some time after he was cut.
     
  32. NeuroSpeed

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    :laugh::thumbup:
     
  33. Denatured

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    ValGUM. Knees are stuck together with gum.
     
  34. Bancrofti

    Bancrofti 5+ Year Member

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    I just think of straight legs as being normal. Lateral deviation of the bone distal to a joint increases the angle from normal, valgus has more letters than varus, so valgus is what is associated with lateral deviation. Medial deviation is therefore varus stress.

    With most things though, it would probably just be best if you try to make something up yourself using your own logic, it sticks better.
     
  35. evilbooyaa

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    I never really had one, but I like valGUM is knees gumming together.

    Also, the vhere is my horse adaptations.
     
  36. Pipers

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    Valgus - knees are Glued together.
    Varus - "air" between the knees.
     
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  37. CherryRedDracul

    CherryRedDracul 2 Chainz Muscular Dystrophy 2+ Year Member

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    winrar.
     
  38. ChiDO

    ChiDO 7+ Year Member

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    Varus (like where is) my ass?

    To look at your rear between your legs, u have to spread them..that's how I remembered as a student
     
  39. linebacker57

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    Taught to me by a peds attending: "Girls in Paris sit in varus", has stuck with me ever since
     
  40. bambi

    bambi Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I think of the r in varus
    R = robin hood
    Varus looks like a bow (as in bow and arrow)
     
  41. dochxn7

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    Think K, L in the alphabets.
    K for knock and L for valgus

    Hope this helps.
     
  42. syma

    syma 5+ Year Member

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    Varus - let the air through.
     
  43. colbgw02

    colbgw02 Delightfully Tacky 10+ Year Member

    Another first-post random necrobump! Well, maybe not a necrobump because it's only 11 months old. Life-support bump, then. So, did you just learn this trick and had to share? SDN search function, FTW.
     
  44. SurgeDO

    SurgeDO 2+ Year Member

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    vaLgus = puts stress on the Lateral meniscus
     
  45. tantacles

    tantacles Lifetime Donor SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

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    Considering all the flack we give people for not using the search function, I'm finding all of the necrobumps lately to be quite pleasant.
     
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  46. AnonymousD.O.

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    va"r"us "r"ight knee moves to the "r"ight...... so it's bowing out
     
  47. JJMrK

    JJMrK J to the J Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    This thread was started in 2005. I bet the OP has either figured it out by now, or doesn't need to know it anymore.
     
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  48. AnonymousD.O.

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    I'm guessing somebody searched for this and started responding to it.
     
  49. Priapism4tooLong

    Priapism4tooLong 2+ Year Member

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    think about it like this Varus is 5 letters long, if you subtract valgus which is 6 letters. you get -1 now add K which is 1 letter and you get 0. 0 is exactly the amount of ****s i give about this thread
     
  50. evilbooyaa

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    What is the point of necrobumping a thread just to give an ANSWER? I'm more OK with people necrobumping to ask a question related to the original question, but why necrobump to give an answer to a question that was asked 8 years ago (especially one that's already been answered)?

    I no understand.
     
  51. e30ftw

    e30ftw peace 5+ Year Member

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    holy **** i am absolutely amazed at the number of terrible mnemonics in this thread..
     

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