Ankles jerk — yes, but how?

David B Williams
Med J Aust 2016; 205 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00355
Published online: 4 July 2016

Eliciting an ankle jerk is not a trivial task. It requires the skills of an experienced bell-ringer, an expert golfer and a mechanical engineer. The experience of the examiner and the positioning of the patient are two factors contributing to the accuracy of reported findings.1,2 Accurate findings can provide invaluable clinical information.

  • David B Williams1,2

  • 1 Department of Neurology, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW
  • 2 Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW



I thank future colleague Joshua Diamoy for his assistance in creating the photographs and video.

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Series editors
Balakrishnan (Kichu) R Nair
Simon O’Connor


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