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Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)

Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease) - Diagnosis

If a patient exhibits symptoms of Osteoarthritis, the doctor can confirm the diagnosis by doing a physical examination and X-rays. The degenerative effects of Osteoarthritis on the bones of the joint will show up
clearly on the X-ray.

Sometimes, the patient may need to undergo additional tests:
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): may be used to get a better picture of the condition of the joint
  • Joint aspiration: may be carried out to obtain a sample of the fluid in the joint
  • Arthroscopy: a procedure in which the interior of the joint is visualised by using a special instrument

Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease) - Preparing for surgery

Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease) - Post-surgery care