Posterior Drawer Test
Assesses for posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) instability.
Performing the Test
posterior sag sign
and compare knees
Patient supine, hip flexed to 45°, knee flexed to 90°, with foot flat and stabilized
Grasp knee with both hands just distal to patella, with thumbs on joint line
Push tibia backward on femur (in direction of joint line and not directly towards patient's body), ensure hamstrings are relaxed and appreciate end feel, compare both knees
Positive: abnormal posterior displacement of tibia
Sensitivity: 90%, Specificity: 99%
LR+ = 90, LR- = .10
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