General Principles of Orthopedic Examination
A focussed examination is the key to correct orthopaedic diagnosis. It should be remembered that diagnostic tests and imaging techniques should aid and not replace clinical diagnosis. The clinician needs to obtain a precise history of the patient’s complaints and examine the patient as a whole, rather than just focus on the anatomical area of involvement. This chapter provides a brief outline of the orthopedic clinical examination. The reader is encouraged to develop his or her own scheme of examination and ensure all essential parts are covered.