Posterior Drawer Test (Knee)- Physical Exam

The Posterior Drawer Test is a commonly used in orthopedic examinations to test for posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) integrity. This is one of the most well known and most used special tests in orthopedics and is also one of the easiest to perform.


– The patient is supine and the knee to be tested is flexed to approximately 90 degrees. The examiner then sits on the toes of the tested extremity to help stabilize it. The examiner grasps the proximal lower leg, approximately at the tibial plateau or joint line, and attempts to translate the lower leg posteriorly. The test is considered positive if there is a lack of end feel or excessive posterior translation.


Kai demonstrates the posterior drawer test in the assessment of the cruciate ligaments.

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