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Posterior Drawer Test

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Other Names

  • Posterior Drawer Test


Clinical demonstration of the posterior drawer test


  • Patient is supine, hip and knee flexed and foot resting in neutral position
  • Examiner places hip or knee on patients foot to stabilize it
  • They then grasp the proximal tibia with both hands wrapped around the front and back
  • They then attempt to translate the tibia posteriorly comparing to unaffected limb
  • Positive test:
    • Lack of end point
    • Excessive posterior translation



  • Flynn et al[1]
    • Sensitivity: 90%
    • Specificity: 99%
    • LR-: 0.10
    • LR+: 90

See Also


  1. Flynn TW, Cleland JA, Whitman JM. Users' guide to the musculoskeletal examination: fundamentals for the evidence-based clinician. United States; Evidence in Motion: 2008
Created by:
John Kiel on 7 August 2019 22:10:32
Last edited:
28 April 2023 08:12:55