Varus Stress Test Knee
- Varus Stress Test Knee
- Evaluate the integrity of the Lateral Collateral Ligament or LCL in the setting of knee injury
- Patient is supine
- Leg is relaxed, flexed to about 30° passively so that the knee is "unlocked"
- Examiner palpates lateral joint line, applies varus force to the patients knee
- The exam should be repeated 0° or in full extension as well
- Positive test is laxity or pain with valgus stress
- Laxity at 30°: Isolated LCL injury
- Laxity at 0°: Multiligament knee injury
- At 30°
- Sensitivity: 25%
- Chahla, Jorge, et al. "Posterolateral corner of the knee: current concepts." Archives of Bone and Joint Surgery 4.2 (2016): 97.
- Harilainen A. Evaluation of Knee Instability in Acute Ligamentous Injuries. Ann Chir Gynaecol. 1987; 76: 269-273.