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How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?

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Your doctor will diagnsoe osteoarthritis based on:

Sometimes, you'll get blood tests to determine if you have a different type of arthritis.

If fluid has accumulated in the joints, your doctor may take some of it to be checked under a microscope to rule out other diseases.

  • Your description of symptoms
  • The location and pattern of pain
  • Physical exam
  • X-rays and perhaps an MRI

From: The Basics of Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 5, 2018

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 5, 2018

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