How can I be sure I have osteoarthritis?

By: Elizabeth Scherer

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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