McMurray’s test, is an orthopaedic clinical test for evaluating the knee joint for tears in the meniscus (cartilage).


  1. Patient supine or side-lying with hip flexed at 90° & knee flexed 90°
  2. Examiner stabilizes patient’s knee over distal quadriceps muscles and grips patient’s heel with the other hand and applies long axis compression
  3. Examiner then rotates the tibia internally while applying a varus force
  4. Examiner then rotates the tibia laterally while applying a valgus force.
McMurray test for meniscus

Test is used to exam tears in the meniscus (cartilage)


Positive McMurray’s Test

Pain or crepitus: Meniscal lesion

    Valgus force with external rotation: indicates lateral meniscus injury
    Varus force with internal rotation: indicates medial meniscus injury

Clinical notes

Signs of a meniscal lesion:
1. Knee joint line pain
2. Crepitus sensation with movement
3. “Locking” of the knee