Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis

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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:

  • 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

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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