Dr Frankenstein's Sport Medicine


Steinman test for Meniscal Pathology



Part I

  1. The patient is sitting on the edge of the table, with the knee hanging over at 90 degrees of flexion, Or the patient is lying on the bed supine with the examiner holding the knee at 90 degrees of flexion.

  2. The tibia is rotated laterally then medially.

  3. The test is positive if lateral pain is elicited on medial rotation and medial pain is elicited on lateral rotation.

  4. The test is repeated in various degrees of knee flexion.



Part II

  1. Joint line tenderness is elicited.

  2. The knee is flexed and joint line is palpated. A positive test is indicated if the tenderness moves posteriorly with increasing flexion.

  3. The knee is extended and joint line palpated again. A positive test is indicated if the tenderness moves anteriorly when the knee is extended.

  4. The test is repeated in various degrees of flexion and extension.

This test is useful to distinguish meniscal pathology from injury to the ligament or osteophytes (in which case tenderness does not move with knee extension or flexion).






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