Pre-Physical Therapy, Self Improvement

Learning a New Language

Forget Man Crush Monday & let’s get into Med Term Monday! 

Writing a post every single day for the next 3 weeks has me answering the what to write question more than ever. ( More on my creativity challenge >>>here. )

I usually don’t have trouble with it, but that’s probably because I’ve never posted so often before. I realized that Fridays are an easy write-up because I know it’s going to be 5-Points Fridays and I know exactly what to do for those..

[ SIDE NOTE ] 5-Points Friday is a fun post I do filled with a little update about my life and journey to becoming a top contender for PT school. Expect things like ‘most popular tweet’ and resources I’m using for the week. See last week’s >>>here.

medical terminology Monday = my answer to the ‘what to post’ question

After that realization, I decided to figure out how to dedicate another day to a specific type of post and that’s when I came up with Medical Terminology Monday, AKA Med Term Monday!

I promise it will be just as much fun as Man Crush Monday and Margarita Monday and Mojito Monday. It will be just like all of those days except more educational & not as much tequila and honestly probably not so many man crushes..


I’ll introduce a medical term each Monday and I bet this is going to be a great refresher for me because to be completely honest, my actual med term class I took last year was a memorization blitz. Like one of those classes where you’re just getting out all the info on the test because there’s so much to know!

However, as a pre-physical therapy student, I actually want to learn these terms and I don’t want to wait until I get to a DPT program~

aaaaand GO!

medical term :: chondr-

Definition: cartilagemedical terminology guide

example: chondromalacia patella

breakdown: chondro (cartilage) + malacia (softening of tissue)

“Chondromalacia patella (knee pain) is the softening and breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) on the underside of the kneecap (patella). Pain results when the knee and the thigh bone (femur) rub together.” – Cleveland Clinic


“Chondromalacia patellae, also known as “runner’s knee,” is a condition where the cartilage on the undersurface of the patella (kneecap) deteriorates and softens.” –

I believe I saw some patients who had chondromalacia patella during my first observation sessions with a military physical therapist. There were a lot of overuse injuries there from running, sit ups, and pushups ( because these are the exercises required in the Air Force physical fitness test).

I’ve always wanted this blog to be a learning experience for me and I hope to continue doing so with this new series, Med Term Monday. And feel free to join in!



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