Knee Pain – Test

By Drew Heideman, PT, ATC

Knee Pain Test

knee joint pain

Image of an X-ray of the Knee

JOI Describes the Various Knee Pain Tests and Diagnostic Tools X-ray:

Classic tool that can help show the level of loss of cartilage in the joint. X-ray can help to show if there is alignment issues with the knee cap.  An x-ray is used to diagnose fractures and the extent of arthritis or the loss of joint space in the bones or joint.


Produces an image of all the soft tissue structures of the knee joint to allow diagnosis of an tear. Considered the new standard for diagnosis.  Each MRI has a different signal strength and clarity.  Patients who are claustrophobic may choose an open MRI.

Manual Special Tests of the Knee

Both your orthopedic MD and Physical Therapist at JOI can perform specific joint movements that can help to identify pathology. One such example is called a Lachman’s test. This test is used to detect an ACL tear. To perform this test, the knee is slightly flexed lying down. Next the upper leg is stabilized and force is applied to the lower leg in a specific upward angle. If the lower leg shifts up than there may be a tear. Every ligament of the knee has a specific test to check its viability.  Here are some of the other tests:

McMurray, Anterior Drawer, Posterior Drawer, Pivot Shift, Appley’s Compression and Distraction Test,  Varus, Valgus, and Clark’s Tests.

JOI Offers Conservative Physical Therapy Approaches For Treating Knee Pain

It is not uncommon for people of various age groups to have knee pain. There are several different ways to treat pain in the knee in physical therapy. Joint mobilization, which is a hands-on technique to improve mobility of the joints, is one of the most common. Range-of-motion and strength training are also typically used as ways to treat those who are having painful knee symptoms. Lastly and perhaps most importantly is keeping up with your health.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045


Knee Pain

Causes and Risk Factors
Treatment Plans

If you want to learn more about Knee Pain, you can go to: or if you want to schedule an appointment with a knee pain orthopedic specialist or call JOI-2000.


Where is Telemedicine frequently used?

All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.


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