Use Of Diagnosis : Magnetic Resonance Imaging ( Mri ), Arthroscopy And Clinical Tests

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Knee injuries are common in individuals that perform in the sports that require quick movements. These quick movements put the person at a high risk of suffering an injury to the knee. Of these injuries, the most common are meniscal and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. When a person suffers a potential injury they must be diagnosed by a qualified healthcare professional prior to deciding on an intervention to correct the tear. There are many different methods of diagnosis: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), arthroscopy and clinical tests. There are three clinical tests that are commonly used which are the pivot-shift test, drawer, and Lachman’s test. The patient’s socioeconomic status, prior level of function, and desired outcome should be considered when deciding upon a specific method of diagnosis. Medical imaging such as MRI and arthroscopy are expensive tests compared to physical examinations, which may influence the choice of intervention that a patient wants to participate in as well as their desired outcome.
Background Question: What causes knee instability in athletes?

PICO Question: In patients with suspected ACL rupture, is Clinical examination or MRI a more

accurate diagnostic test for diagnosing ACL rupture?

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