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How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?

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Doctors make a diagnosis of OA based on a physical exam and history of symptoms. X-rays may be used to confirm a diagnosis and to make sure that no other type of arthritis is present. Sometimes, blood tests are done to help rule out a different type of arthritis.

If fluid has accumulated in the body's joints, the doctor may remove some of the fluid and examine it under a microscope to rule out other diseases.

From: Pain Management: Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

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Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Osteoarthritis.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Osteoarthritis.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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