Anterior translation is the forward movement of the tibia in relation to the femur when the doctor performs the anterior drawer test. It usually implies a torn cruciate ligament.

Page updated December 2023 by Dr Sheila Strover (Clinical Editor)

testing for anterior translation of the tibia
The examiner is pulling on the upper part of the tibia and seeing how much forward movement is possible.


Attachments of the normal anterior cruciate ligament

The anterior cruciate ligament reaches from the tibial spines to the roof of the notch of the femur, preventing the tibia from slipping forward in relation to the femur.

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