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Osteoarthritis Diagnosis

Early diagnosis of osteoarthritis is important. An effective treatment plan depends on an accurate diagnosis of osteoarthritis. A medical doctor that specializes in arthritis, known as a rheumatologist, can play an essential role in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis. Learn more about criteria for osteoarthritis diagnosis.
  1. Osteoarthritis Basics
  2. Osteoarthritis Symptoms

What Is Bone Marrow Edema?
Several conditions, including osteoarthritis or fracture, can cause bone marrow edema. Learn more.

Synovial Crystals in Osteoarthritis
Synovial crystals help diagnose the type of arthritis. Synovial crystals are usually associated with gout but they also are related to osteoarthritis.

Physical Examination for Osteoarthritis
Medical history, physical examination, and imaging studies help diagnose osteoarthritis. What do doctors look for during the physical examination for osteoarthritis?

Self-Diagnosis Leaves Uncertainty
Many people suspect that any arthritis-type pain is osteoarthritis. That's often based on self-diagnosis. But self-diagnosis leaves uncertainty because it lacks the input of an expert physician.

What Is Bone-On-Bone?
If you have severe osteoarthritis, x-rays may show your painful joint is bone-on-bone. What does bone-on-bone mean?

Should You See a Rheumatologist for Osteoarthritis?
Should people see a rheumatologist for osteoarthritis? The answer may be different if you are experiencing early symptoms or if you have an advanced case of osteoarthritis. Consider the following advice when deciding if you should see a rheumatologist for osteoarthritis.

Does Doctor Intimidate You - Intimidate
Does your doctor intimidate you? Does your doctor encourage you to ask questions or does he shut you down? Communication is important -- but never more important than between a doctor and patient. Think about the question for a moment before answering. How do you feel in your doctor's office? Intimidated? If you do feel your doctor tries to intimidate you, how do you react? Do you become quie…

Multidisciplinary Team Is Best for Treating Osteoarthritis
A multidiscplinary team approach is best for treating osteoarthritis. A multidisciplinary team is a group of various health care professionals who become part of your health care team.

What Is Subchondral Sclerosis?
Subchondral sclerosis is a medical term often seen on x-ray reports. What is subchondral sclerosis and how is it related to osteoarthritis?

Arthrocentesis - What You Should Know
Arthrocentesis is used to diagnose and establish the cause for monoarthritis (arthritis in a single joint) or polyarthritis (arthritis in many joints). Arthrocentesis is also used as a treatment to drain large amounts of fluid in a joint and at the same time inject the joint with a corticosteroid.

Is an MRI Needed to Diagnose Osteoarthritis?
MRI scans are being ordered in excess, according to some experts. In certain cases, a much less expensive, routine x-ray would do.

Talk to Your Doctor!
When you talk to your doctor, what do you talk about? Do you find it difficult to talk to your doctor? Many patients don't share important information with their doctors and make a concerted effort to keep conversation light. If that's what you do, is enough being accomplished?

Delaying Osteoarthritis Treatment
By delaying osteoarthritis diagnosis and treatment, joint damage can become severe and disabling. Osteoarthritis patients must face whatever causes them to procrastinate about getting quality medical care.

Joint Space Narrowing - What's the Significance?
Joint space narrowing correlates with joint damage and worsening osteoarthritis.

When Should You Ask a Doctor About Your Symptoms?
When osteoarthritis patients experience early symptoms, they tend to think it's ordinary aches and pains. When symptoms persist, it's time to ask a doctor. Here are guidelines which suggest when it's time to ask a doctor.

Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis
Early diagnosis of osteoarthritis is important. Osteoarthritis diagnosis precedes consideration of effective treatment options. Learn about osteoarthritis diagnosis.

X-ray Evidence of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis shows on x-ray. The appearance of joints on x-ray help diagnose osteoarthritis. Joint damage has a characteristic appearance on an osteoarthritis x-ray.

What Is Range of Motion?
Range of motion is defined as the distance and direction a joint can move. Every joint has a normal range of motion.

First Visit to the Rheumatologist
What's a rheumatologist? What can you expect from your first appointment with the rheumatologist?

10 Reasons to Fire Your Doctor
Are you confident in your doctor's ability? Do you feel that you understand the directives and decisions made by your doctor? Are you encouraged to ask questions? Is the overall experience at your doctor's office positive? If you're answering no to most of these questions it may be time for a change.

Should You Change Doctors?
Since arthritis is chronic, and without a cure, regular appointments are scheduled with your doctor to diagnose and problem-solve. It's imperative that your needs are being met.

Patient Education: Can You Know Too Much?
Being an informed patient is not a substitute for trusting your doctor. Is it possible though for a patient to know too much? Is it possible that a patient can believe they are more knowledgeable than they actually are?

The Patient-Doctor Encounter
The adherence to a treatment plan by a patient and the success of the treatment can be impacted by the patient-physician relationship.

Guide to Osteoarthritis: How Do You Know if You Have Osteoarthritis?
It usually is not difficult to tell if a patient has osteoarthritis. It is more difficult to tell if the disease is causing the patient's symptoms.

Rheumatologist Shortage Faces Arthritis Patients
As the population grows older, more people will develop arthritis and seek effective treatment. It has been projected that the increased need for practicing rheumatologists will result in a shortage during future decades.

Referred Arthritis Pain Can Cause Confusion
Diagnosing arthritis pain can sometimes be a difficult and long process. Identifying which joint is damaged and causing pain can be tricky. You're probably wondering what can be so tricky. If your knee hurts, your knee hurts. That may be, but it's not always that simple. Referred pain can cause confusion.

Patient Expectations - Osteoarthritis Patient Expectations
It's hard to know what to expect when you are first told you have osteoarthritis. Patient expectations can align with the reality of what lies ahead or it can be hard to know what lies ahead. Describe your expectations when you first were diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

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