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Osteoarthritis - Diagnosis

If a patient exhibits the symptoms of osteoarthritis, the doctor can confirm the diagnosis by a typical symptom profile and physical examination. X-rays can sometimes assist doctor in making a diagnosis.

Very occasionally, additional tests and procedures may be needed, mainly to exclude other possibilities of joint problem:

  • Joint aspiration - may be carried out to obtain a sample of the fluid in the joint, mainly excluding diagnosis of gout or cancerous conditions in the joint.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - may be used to get a better picture of the condition of the different structures inside the joint.

Osteoarthritis - Preparing for surgery

Osteoarthritis - Post-surgery care

Osteoarthritis - Other Information