In most cases, your doctor can
tell you if you have
osteoarthritis and recommend treatment based on your
symptoms and by doing a
physical exam. Your doctor may also do some
other tests to be sure that the diagnosis is correct or to rule out other
conditions that have similar symptoms.
X-raysX-rays. Pictures of the bones in a joint, such as the
or knee, are taken to look for cartilage
An arthroscopyAn arthroscopy. A thin, lighted tube called an arthroscope
is placed inside a small cut made near the joint. The doctor uses the scope to
look for problems on the surfaces of the joint and the soft tissues that
surround it. This test is not done very often.