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Posted on Fri, 14 Jul 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: When a patient has knee pain, what do you look for to decide if trouble is relatively mild--like a strain--or more serious? What indicates more serious trouble like ACL damage or meniscus tear, for example?
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Clinical tests

Detailed Answer:
Hi there

Thanks for the query.

A serious knee injury in the acute stage could have a lot of swelling due to bleeding within the knee joint called haemarthrosis, usually associated with ACL ligament tear.

To determine knee instability we do a series of stress tests and drawer tests.

Anterior drawer test and Lachman test are positive in ACL tear. Apley grinding and Mc XXXXXXX tests are positive in Meniscus cartilage tear.

After clinically examining the knee as above, we request for an Xray and MRI of the knee. An Xray shows bony injury and MRI shows ligament tears and meniscus cartilage tears.

I hope I have answered your query.

I will be available to answer your follow up queries.


Dr.Aashish Raghu
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