Name of test

Anterior drawer test

What it tests

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee

How to do it

The patient should be supine, with the hips flexed to 45 degrees, the knees flexed to 90 degrees, and the feet flat on table. The examiner sits on the patient’s feet and grasps the patient’s tibia and pulls it forward.

The normal response

The tibia should be displaced anteriorly no more than would be normally expected

What it means if not normal

Excessive displacement of the tibia anteriorly indicates that the ACL is likely torn


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