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Anterior Drawer Test

Anterior Drawer Test is performed to test the anterior stability of knee joint complex.

To perform the test the patient’s knee is flexed to 90°, and the hip is flexed to 45°. In this position, the anterior cruciate ligament is almost parallel with the tibial plateau. The patient’s foot is held on the table by the therapist’s body with the therapist sitting on the patient’s forefoot and the foot in neutral rotation. The therapist’s hands are placed around the tibia to ensure that the hamstring muscles are relaxed. The tibia is then drawn forward on the femur (anterior drawer test). The normal amount of movement that should be present is approximately 6 mm.


The test is positive if the tibia moves forward more than 6 mm on the femur.