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Steinmans Test

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Other Names

  • Steinman Test
  • Steinmann's Test
  • Steinman Sign
  • Steinman Tenderness Displacement Test
  • Steinman's Test


Illustration of Steinman's test[1]


Steinman Part 1

  • The patient is seated, legs hanging off table at 90° flexion
  • The examiner rotates the tibial medially and then rotated laterally
  • Positive test
    • Pain is elicited with medial or lateral rotation

Steinman Part 2

  • Palpation the joint line medially and laterally
  • Flex the knee while maintaining palpation of the joint line at the point of tenderness
  • Then extend the knee while maintaining palpation of the joint line
  • A positive test is:
    • Tenderness moves posteriorly with increasing flexion.
    • Tenderness moves anteriorly when the knee is extended.



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Insall JN. Examination of the knee. In: Insall JN, ed. Surgery of the Knee. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 1984:63, Figure 4.7.
Created by:
John Kiel on 11 August 2019 23:23:56
Last edited:
25 May 2023 03:39:19