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Knee Pain Test


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Image of an X-ray of the Knee

JOI Describes the Various Knee Pain Tests and Diagnostic Tools


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.


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.

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