Some pointers on acute ankle and knee injuries

Provided by NPS MedicineWise

ACUTE ankle and knee injuries are often painful and uncomfortable, and are common presentations in general practice.

Australian data suggests about 20% of all the sprains and strains managed by GPs in 2011-12 were ankle injuries and about 5% were knee injuries.¹

Ankle ultrasounds are requested in almost 40% of newly presenting cases – despite Australian guidelines not recommending ultrasound to investigate ankle sprains.

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