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Clinical Evaluation Of The Knee For Medial Meniscal Lesion And Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears: An Assessment Of Clinical Reliability

Author(s): Mohammad Farooq Butt *,Munir Farooq **,Shabir A Dhar* ,Naseemul Gani*** ,Anwar Hussain *,Imran Mumtaz #

Journal: Journal of Orthopaedics
ISSN 0972-978X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Medial Meniscal Lesion | Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears | Clinical Evaluation

The knee is one of most frequently injured joint because of its anatomical structure, its exposure to external forces and the functional demands placed on it.1 With increase in vehicular trauma, competitive and recreational athletic activities acute traumatic lesions of the knee are becoming increasingly common. Accurate diagnosis of these traumatic lesions is of paramount importance to facilitate appropriate management, prevention of long term disability and improve clinical outcome.1 Clinical suspicion provokes the clinician to request other diagnostic modalities to rule out any fallacy in the clinical judgment. A no of non invasive and invasive diagnostic aids are currently available to confirm the intraarticular pathologies. Despite this rapid progress in diagnostic imaging, clinical evaluation still remains the basic step in management of these injuries. Accurate clinical diagnosis can decrease the incidence of unnecessary costly investigation. The purpose of this study was to compare the findings on clinical evaluation, with those on arthroscopy to determine the accuracy of clinical methods for specific type of knee lessons.
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