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Does a MRI always show a tear? What physical exam test is giving for ACL problems?
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In brief: No
Mri almost always shows meniscal or acl tears but nothing is perfect.

In brief: No
Mri almost always shows meniscal or acl tears but nothing is perfect.
Dr. Arnold Friedman
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Drawer test is used
To test for tears in the cruciate ligament(s) of the knee.
It may not detect slight tears, whereas an MRI can show even small tears. A good orthopedic surgeon can test you to determine whether an MRI is necessary.

In brief: Drawer test is used
To test for tears in the cruciate ligament(s) of the knee.
It may not detect slight tears, whereas an MRI can show even small tears. A good orthopedic surgeon can test you to determine whether an MRI is necessary.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Timothy Trainor
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Not always
But an MRI is about 96 % accurate in detecting an acl tear.
A lachman physical exam and anterior drawer physical exam can be used to diagnose an acl tear.

In brief: Not always
But an MRI is about 96 % accurate in detecting an acl tear.
A lachman physical exam and anterior drawer physical exam can be used to diagnose an acl tear.
Dr. Timothy Trainor
Dr. Timothy Trainor
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