In a patient with knee pain, how accurate is the physical exam for meniscal injury?
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In a patient with knee pain, how accurate is the physical exam for meniscal injury? Evidence-Based Answer: Individual knee exam maneuvers for meniscal tears (joint line tenderness [JLT], McMurray test, and Apley test) have only fair sensitivities and specificities (SOR: A, consistent meta-analyses). Nevertheless, a thorough evaluation by an experienced clinician may be able to match the MRI results in terms of accuracy (SOR: B, systematic reviews).
Evidence Based Practice 17(9): E7-E8