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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1981 Jan-Feb;(154):318-9.

Anterior drawer sign.


The traditional method for testing for anterior stability of the knee has often lead to inaccurate assessment of ligament stability because of the jerky nature of the test and the small amount of force applied. A method of testing the anterior drawer of a knee by flexing the hip and knee to 90 degrees and applying a steady upward force using the body weight as counterpull provides a more reliable test for assessing ligament stability. This method can be used to overcome hamstring spasm and causes less pain in the acutely injured knee.

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