[Summary of the practice guideline 'Traumatic knee problems' (first revision) from the Dutch College of General Practitioners]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2010;154:A2225.
[Article in Dutch]


Most traumatic knee problems have a favourable prognosis and can be treated by the general practitioner. The course of knee symptoms and the impairment of knee function are more important for decisions about the management of knee problems than the results of physical examination of the knee. The additional value of general practitioner referral for MRI of the knee has not been established yet. Reasons for urgent referral to an orthopaedic specialist are: a knee fracture, an acutely locked knee, and a patellar dislocation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • General Practice / standards*
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / therapy*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Netherlands
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Prognosis
  • Referral and Consultation