If a patient exhibits the symptoms of osteoarthritis, the doctor can confirm the diagnosis by a typical symptom profile and physical examination. X-rays can sometimes assist doctor in making a diagnosis.
Very occasionally, additional tests and procedures may be needed, mainly to exclude other possibilities of joint problem:
• Joint aspiration - may be carried out to obtain a sample of the fluid in the joint, mainly excluding diagnosis of gout or cancerous conditions in the joint.• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - may be used to get a better picture of the condition of the different structures inside the joint.
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