Posterior Drawer test is a clinical assessment of the knee to determine if there is a Posterior cruciate ligaments (PCL) injury.


  1. Patient supine with knee bent 90°.
  2. Examiner places thumbs over the anterolateral and anteromedial knee joint line.
  3. Examiner pushes the tibia posteriorly.
Posterior Drawer Test

Examiner places thumbs over the anterolateral and anteromedial knee joint line and pushes the tibia posteriorly.


Positive Posterior Drawer Test

Pain or increased motion: PCL sprain or rupture

Clinical notes:

Degrees of knee joint instability

Grade Description
I mild, < 5 mm of translation
II moderate, 5-10 mm of translation
III Severe, > 10 mm translation