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Apley Grind Test

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Other Names

  • Apley Compression Test
  • Apley's Test


Demonstration of the Apley Grind Test[1]


  • The patient lays prone, affected knee flexed to 90°
  • The examiner laterally and medially rotates the tibia both with distraction and compression
  • If distraction and rotation is more painful, this suggests non-meniscal etiology
  • If compression and rotation is more painful, this suggests meniscus etiology



  • Sensitivity: 60% [2]
  • Specificity: 70%

See Also


  1. Rossi R, Bruzzone M, Dettoni F, Margheritini F: Clinical examination of the knee. In: Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Principles and Practice. Edited by Margheritini F, Rossi R. Milan: Springer; 2010
  2. Hegedus EJ, Cook C, Hasselblad V, Goode A, McCrory DC. Physical examination tests for assessing a torn meniscus in the knee: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 2007; 37(9), 541-50.
Created by:
John Kiel on 15 July 2019 17:15:08
Last edited:
24 March 2023 09:03:12