Initial assessment of the acute and chronic multiple ligament-injured knee

Peter S. Borden, Darren L. Johnson

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A dislocated knee is a true orthopedic emergency and should be evaluated expediently to avoid potential limb-threatening complications. The initial assessment of a multiligament-injured knee requires a basic understanding of the etiology, mechanism, history, and physical examination and awareness of potential complications. A thorough initial evaluation, whether in the acute or chronic setting, plays a crucial role in the management of these injuries, which are often difficult to treat. Adequate preoperative planning involves determining the extent of injury and formulating an appropriate surgical plan. This may prevent potential surgical failures or complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-184
Number of pages7
JournalSports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Anterior cruciate ligament
  • Dislocated knee
  • Multiple ligament injury
  • Posterior cruciate ligament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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