Show Summary Details
Page of

Clinical examination 

Clinical examination
Clinical examination

David Knott

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 June 2021

Good quality clinical examination is an essential part of rewarding and successful musculoskeletal practice. It will provide a correct diagnosis upon which a management plan may then be formulated, in the majority of cases without the need for further investigation. Treatment may then be commenced speedily, with the whole process proving to be cost effective. Some aspects of the examination are generic, while others are specific to particular body regions. Sometimes a full examination is needed, whereas on other occasions an abbreviated version will suffice. This chapter describes an effective and efficient system of clinical examination that is applicable in a wide variety of settings.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.