In the decade to 2012, about 25% of the sprains/strains managed by Australian GPs (excluding those of the back) were related to the ankle or knee.
There is good evidence that history and physical examination by an experienced examiner can be as accurate as imaging for diagnosis of uncomplicated acute ankle and knee injuries. Most ankle sprains and many knee sprains respond well to simple treatments (eg, RICE) and other measures such as wearing a brace and/or physiotherapy.
This new program from NPS MedicineWise was developed in conjunction with musculoskeletal experts and in line with RANZCR, Australian Physiotherapy Association and Australian College of Nursing Choosing Wisely Australia® recommendations and RACGP clinical guidance for MRI referral.
Find out more by visiting the topic hub: www.nps.org.au/ankle-knee-imaging