Orthopedic Assessment MethodsAuthor: Scott R. Sailor, EdD ATC
15 Nov 2018

Orthopedic Assessment Methods

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This blog is used to post instructional videos which can be used to learn various techniques used to assess orthopedic injuries. The content is not supplied as a form of self diagnosis.

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    MCL Sprain Laxity Demonstration

    This is a great video showing how the medial side of the knee opens up when  the medial collateral ligament is sprained.

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  • Posted on 12 Apr 2008

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    ACLR Animation

    This is a nice short animation demonstrating a method for completing a Bone-Tendon-Bone Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.

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  • Posted on 12 Apr 2008

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    Posterior Cruciate Rupture

        This is a good video demonstrating a Posterior Cruciate Sprain.

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  • Posted on 12 Apr 2008

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    Knee - Anterior Drawer Test

    The Anterior Drawer Test for the knee is used to examine the integrity of the anterior cruciate ligament. The patient is placed supine on the table with the knee in 90 degrees of flexion and the hip flexed approximately 45 degrees. The examiner places her hands around the proximal tibial with her thumbs crossing the anterior joint line. The patient's foot is anchored in a neutral position by the examiner's thigh. The examiner tells the patient to relax her hamstrings. This suggestion is enhanced through a light tapping with the examiners fingers on the tendons of the hamstrings just behind the knee. Once the patient is relaxed the examiner attempts to pull the tibia anteriorly. Instability is determined by examining bilaterally and comparing the amount of excursion present.


  • Posted on 29 May 2007

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    Knee - Apley's Distraction Test

    Apley's distraction test is commonly performed in conjunction with Apley's compression test. The patient starting position is the same (prone with the knee flexed to 90 degrees). The examiner will apply traction to the lower leg while rotating the tibia medially and laterally. Pain with this maneuver can indicate a ligamentous injury of the knee.


  • Posted on 29 May 2007

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