Managing adult lower extremities disorders
- Lower extremities disorders
- Diagnostic imaging of lower extremities disorders
Lower extremities disorders
Advice for practitioners considering the use of diagnostic imaging for lower extremity disorders
• History taking and physical examination should be used to exclude red flags and serious injuries (fracture and/or dislocation).
• Physical examination is important for neurologic screening.
• These guidelines may assist with diagnostic triage (extremity pain with or without restriction of activity of daily living or presence of red flags).
• Radiographs are not initially indicated for non-specific hip, knee, ankle and foot pain.
• Consider conventional radiography after blunt trauma, and if there is no improvement after 4 weeks of conservative care or increasing disability.
• Consider conventional radiography and specialized imaging in the presence of red flags.