J Knee Surg 2015; 28(06): 435-440
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1559803
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Physical Examination and Imaging Studies in Posterolateral Corner Injuries

R. Kyle Martin
1   Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
,
Randa Berdusco
1   Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
,
Peter B. MacDonald
2   Section of Orthopaedics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Publication History

19 May 2015

14 June 2015

Publication Date:
26 September 2015 (online)

Abstract

Posterolateral corner (PLC) knee injuries are relatively rare, but can lead to significant instability, dysfunction, and chronic knee pathologies. Early identification and timely management of PLC injuries is important to ensure that the best clinical outcomes are obtained. Appropriate use of physical examination tests and imaging studies is a crucial part of the initial assessment, allowing identification of all associated injuries and accurate preoperative planning. In this article, we will present an evidence-based approach for the initial assessment of PLC injuries by focusing on the physical examination and relevant imaging studies.