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Joint Line Tenderness Test

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Joint Line Tenderness Test
Demonstration of the joint line tenderness test from a seated position[1]
  • Joint Line Tenderness of the Knee
  • Joint Line Tenderness (JLT) test


  • To evaluate the medial and lateral femorotibial joint line as a cause of the patients pain


  • The patient can be supine or seated
  • The knee must be flexed to 90°
  • Identify the joint line at the medial and lateral border of the patella tendon
  • "Walk" out along both medial and lateral joint line with your fingers
  • Palpate from anterior to posterior, to the most posterior edge of the joint line
  • Positive test
    • Pain or tenderness during palpation of the medial or lateral joint lines



  • Needs to be updated

See Also


  1. Image courtesy of https://www.thestudentphysicaltherapist.com/, "joint line tenderness test
Created by:
John Kiel on 27 September 2023 19:57:04
Last edited:
28 September 2023 16:07:27