How Is Osteoarthritis Diagnosed?

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To diagnose an osteoarthritis, your doctor may need a combination of the following factors:
  • Your description of symptoms
  • The location and pattern of pain
  • Physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • Joint fluid analysis
  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
During the physical exam, your doctor will closely examine your affected joint, checking for tenderness, swelling or redness, and for range of motion in the joint.   Keywords: diagnose osteoarthritis; diagnosis osteoarthritis; osteoarthritis diagnosis.    
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