Essential knee terminology
UKR search for term

Abbreviation of 'unicompartmental knee replacement'.

Ultrasound search for term

Ultrasound is very high frequency sound waves. Ultrasound is used in physiotherapy to stimulate healing and break down adhesions.

Umbilical cord search for term

The cord-like structure connecting the infant to the placenta within the mother's womb.

Umbilical stem cells search for term

Primitive cells within the blood of the infant's umbilical cord that are capable of differentiating into many different cells.

Unhappy triad search for term

The unhappy triad (of O'Donoghue) is combination of a meniscal tear, medial collateral tear and anterior cruciate ligament tear of the knee all resulting from the same injury.

Unicompartmental search for term

Relating to one of the three compartments of the knee, ie patellofemoral, medial tibialfemoral, lateral tibiofemoral.

Unicompartmental arthritis search for term

Arthritis affecting only the one side of a knee, very often the medial (or inner) side.

Unicompartmental arthroplasty search for term

Same as 'unicompartmental knee replacement'.

Unicompartmental knee replacement search for term

A unicompartmental knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the surgeon just replaces one part of an arthritic joint.

Unilateral search for term

Unilateral means 'on one side only'.

Unispacer search for term

A unispacer is a small metallic wedge which is sometimes used in knee surgery to correct the deformity of a meniscectomy (removal of the meniscus) and relieve the consequent imbalance of forces after meniscectomy.

Unloader search for term

A device, like a brace, which changes the forces going through the knee in order to protect a damaged side.

Unloader brace search for term

A knee brace that changes the alignment of the knee as weight is taken on that side.

Uterus search for term

Womb.

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