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Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis

Last Updated on Jul 28, 2021
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Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis

Physical examination and x-ray of the affected joint can help diagnose osteoarthritis

The abnormality in the joints in osteoarthritis gives rise to inflammation. On physical examination, the affected joint shows the following features:

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  • Heat - The joint area will be warm.
  • Redness - The skin around the affected area will be reddish in color.
  • Swelling - There will be enlargement of joint.
  • Pain - Pain is felt over the affected area. Normal movement of the joint is also very painful.
  • Tenderness - Tenderness is present over the affected joint. It is usually caused by gentle pressure on the affected area.
  • Crepitation - Joint movement may cause a cracking or grating sound.
  • Blood tests do not help in diagnosing osteoarthritis.

An X-ray of the affected joint can help the doctor with the diagnosis of osteoarthritis. X-ray in the initial stages shows a loss of the joint space. In advanced cases, there is wearing down of the ends of the bone and bone spurs (small bony projections).

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CHAITANYAchakravarthi

can any one post the drugs in pipeline for the oesteoarthritis

SARFARAZ.MODI

static quadriceps
strengthening exercises for quadriceps and hamstrings.
hot modalities

narinderksingh

my wife has osteoarthritis. where she can get best treatment

SARFARAZ.MODI

tell her to approach a good physiotherapist.

anirudhsharma04

dear sir's
my name is anirudh sharma. my mother has arthritis. what is the treatment of arthritis

guest

If the xray shows that the bones are rubbing on each other then a joint replacement is the only option!

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