Childress Test for the assessment of meniscal tear

In this article, we will discuss about the Childress Test which is performed for the assessment of meniscal tear. So, let’s get started.

Childress Test

In this test, the patient has to perform a “duck walk” moving forward, backward and sideward. This test utilizes a combination of axial load/force applied to the knee and rotational force produced during the maneuver to elicit the pain in the knee due to a possible meniscal tear (for the assessment of both medial and lateral meniscus).

The positive signs for the test are a pain in the knee, inability to fully flex the knee or clicking sound on the side of the joint.

If no pain is elicited the test is considered to be negative.

The sensitivity and specificity of this test are 71% and 39% respectively.

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