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Musculoskeletal ultrasound as an aid to palpation

Musculoskeletal ultrasound helps to increase diagnostic accuracy and reproducibility

Physical examination of musculoskeletal disorders is an essential part of graduate medical education.

The current study highlights the relatively poor accuracy of musculoskeletal palpation skills and draws further attention to an area of much-needed improvement at the level of musculoskeletal training programs.

The results showed poor accuracy rates for palpation of the medial knee joint line, patellar tendon, and posterior tibialis tendon, with the medial joint line of the knee being the worst.

 
 

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