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How Can I Test For A Torn Acl
Acl tear: The best test is the "lachman" test which is when the examining physician translates the tibia forward with the knee flexed at 20 degrees. The degree of "endpoint" is assessed. If a "soft" endpoint is apparent an MRI will generally confirm a torn acl. Make sure that the hamstrings are not tight hampering the exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am negative on pivot shift test for torn ACL but MRI reveals possible torn acl, my knee also feels stable, what should I believe?
MRI: Although MRI equipment and techniques varied in all the studies, the sensitivity and specificity remained consistently high for detecting acl injuries. The other way if you symptoms to under go arthoscopy to find out for sure. Your injury could partial tear not completet tear of acl. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you please tell me about the active range of motion and passive range of motion tests for a torn acl?
Exam for ACL-"ROM": Passive motion is movement caused by some outside force. Active motion is movement you generate yourself. These are not specific tests for an acl tear. The acl provides stability to a knee, so if there is a significant tear, there will be too much motion of one leg bone sliding over the other bone. This is "translation" of the femur on the tibia vs flexion (bending) or extension (straightening). ...Read more
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