The Abcs Of Acute Knee Pain - Page #1

Author: Katerina Backus, MD
Co Author #1: C. Parker Gibbs, MD
Co Author #2: Jacquelyn A. Knapik, MD
Co Author #3: Candice Langdon, BS
Editor: Young Yoon, MD

Patient Presentation:
A 20 year old previously healthy male with no history of prior knee injury sustained a twisting injury to the knee after tripping over a curb.

The patient denied direct impact to the knee. His injury resulted in a large knee effusion and inability to bear weight secondary to knee pain.

Physical Exam:
A large knee effusion was noted. The patient refused active and passive range of motion secondary to pain. Tenderness to palpation was noted along the patella and medial and lateral joint lines. Lachman's testing was negative. No laxity was noted on varus or valgus stress testing. In light of his decreased range of motion, McMurray's testing and drawer testing were unable to be performed.

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