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When did the injury occur (acute or chronic)?
What caused the injury (e.g. direct blow, pivoting, cutting, jumping)?
Does the knee catch, lock or give way?
Can the patient bear weight?
Can the leg fully straighten?
Rule out acute fracture.
If fracture is identified, the patient should be assessed at the nearest ED.
If the patient has acute injury - knee splint, use protected weight bearing with crutches and refer for urgent assessment.
If the patient has chronic injury, assess for instability symptoms, refer to physiotherapy and for semi-urgent assessment.
Please instruct patients to bring films to their specialist appointments at the RCH.