How can I be sure I have osteoarthritis?
Your doctor bases his or her diagnosis of osteoarthritis on the following:
- your current symptoms
- your personal medical history
- your family's medical history
- a physical exam, possibly including lab tests
Since the symptoms for many types of arthritis are similar, your doctor will carefully study this information to make a solid diagnosis for you and to determine the most appropriate treatment.
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