The Aberdeen Weight-Bearing Test (Knee): a new objective test for anterior knee discomfort

David Robert Walker MacDonald* (Corresponding Author), Haroon Rehman, Carol Ann Carnegie, Jordi Tomas-Hernandez, Alan John Johnstone

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We present the Aberdeen Weight-Bearing Test (Knee), an objective test specific for anterior knee discomfort assessed via load bearing. We assess its validity by performing it on normal subjects with no knee symptoms and subjects who had undergone anterograde tibial nailing.

Two scales are placed parallel on the floor with the dials concealed from the subject. The subject then kneels with one knee on each scale. The weight through each knee is recorded at 0, 15, 30, 45, and 60 s. The proportion of total body weight on each leg at each timepoint is calculated, and a ratio calculated from the values. A value of 1 equates to equal weight on each leg. The test was performed on 53 normal subjects and 38 subjects who had undergone tibial nailing.

In the normal group, no significant difference in mean ratio of weight distribution (left:right) was seen at any timepoint (mean ratio range = 0.98–0.99, p value range = 0.18–0.64). In the tibial nail group, a difference was observed in mean ratio of weight distribution (injured:uninjured) favouring the uninjured leg, reaching significance at 0, 15, 30, and 45 s (mean ratio range = 0.88–0.94, p value range = 0.01–0.02). At 60 s, the mean ratio was 0.93 (p = 0.09).

The Aberdeen Weight-Bearing Test (Knee) is an objective, easily reproducible, specific test for anterior knee discomfort. It produces different results in individuals who have undergone anterograde tibial nailing compared to individuals with no knee symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
Early online date20 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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  • Outcome measure
  • Clinical assessment
  • Knee
  • Anterior knee pain
  • Tibial pain
  • Outcome measure
  • Tibial nail
  • GO
  • HIP


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