Last Updated on Jun 22, 2020

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).

Comments

CHAITANYAchakravarthi Wednesday, December 26, 2012

can any one post the drugs in pipeline for the oesteoarthritis

SARFARAZ.MODI Wednesday, September 23, 2009

static quadriceps
strengthening exercises for quadriceps and hamstrings.
hot modalities

narinderksingh Tuesday, September 22, 2009

my wife has osteoarthritis. where she can get best treatment

SARFARAZ.MODI Wednesday, September 23, 2009

tell her to approach a good physiotherapist.

anirudhsharma04 Thursday, February 19, 2009

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

guest Monday, October 12, 2009

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

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