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How is osteoarthritis of the hand diagnosed?

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To diagnose osteoarthritis, your doctor will conduct a physical exam and take a medical history. Some symptoms of arthritis are noticeable, such as swelling, warmth, deformity, and loss of motion. Tests that may be used to diagnose arthritis include:

  • X-rays, which may show changes in bones or the development of bone spurs
  • Bone scans, which may show arthritis even before the changes show up on X-rays

From: What Is Hand Osteoarthritis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo: "Arthritis of the Hand."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis of the Hands," "Topical NSAIDs Offer Rub-on Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand."

UpToDate: "Management of Hand Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 8, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo: "Arthritis of the Hand."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis of the Hands," "Topical NSAIDs Offer Rub-on Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand."

UpToDate: "Management of Hand Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 8, 2018

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