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How is osteoarthritis of the spine diagnosed?

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The doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical exam. The doctor may order certain tests to aid in the diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the spine. These tests include:  

  • X-rays to look for bone damage, bone spurs, and loss of cartilage or disc; however, X-rays are not able to show early damage to cartilage.
  • Blood tests to exclude other diseases
  • Magnetic resonance imaging to show possible damage to discs or narrowing of areas where spinal nerves exit

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Spinal Stenosis” and "Osteoarthritis."

 

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 10, 2019

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “Spinal Stenosis” and "Osteoarthritis."

 

 

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 10, 2019

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