Osteoarthritis | Diagnosis & Tests

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How can my doctor tell if I have osteoarthritis?

Your doctor will ask you questions about your pain. He or she will probably ask you if your joint pain gets worse with activity and better with rest. Your doctor will examine you to see if you have trouble moving your joint. Your doctor may also order an X-ray of the joint that is causing you problems to see what is causing the pain. Blood tests can help rule out other forms of arthritis.

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 01/96

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