The Ottawa knee rules are a tool used in the primary care setting to identify which cases of knee injury require radiographic imagery. Various studies have identified values of sensitivity ranging from 84.6 to 100% (see references below). The contents of the Ottawa knee rules are similar to those of the Ottawa ankle rules we have covered in another video
According to the protocol X-Rays should be done if any of the following criteria apply:
The patient is 55 or older
Isolated pain or tenderness over the patella
Pain or tenderness at the head of the fibula
Knee flexion to at least 90 degrees
The Patient is able to walk four consecutive steps immediately and in the emergency department. It doesn’t matter how the patient is walking.
21 OF THE MOST USEFUL ORTHOPAEDIC TESTS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
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