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Osteoarthritis diagnosis

Your doctor will diagnose osteoarthritis from your symptoms a physical examination and usually an X-ray of the affected joints. An X-ray may show the typical narrowing and changes in the shape of your joint of osteoarthritis. However X-rays do not diagnose how much trouble you will have.

An X-ray that shows joint damage does not always mean you will have a lot of pain or problems. On the other hand your joint may be very painful despite X-rays being normal or near normal. Blood tests are only helpful to rule out other types of arthritis.

Last reviewed: August 2016

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis or disease of the joints.

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Clinical genetic testing refers to the laboratory analysis of DNA or RNA to aid in the diagnosis of disease. Genetic testing can provide definitive diagnosis as well as help predict the likelihood of developing a particular disease before symptoms even appear. It can tell if a person is carrying a specific gene that could be passed on to his or her children and sometimes it can give information as to whether some treatments will work before a patient starts therapy. These are definite advantages. However, there are also some issues in genetic testing that should be carefully thought out and discussed with a genetic counsellor or clinical geneticist before undergoing any testing. These aspects are reviewed in the section titled Pros and cons of genetic testing. In an era of patient responsibility, it is important that both health professionals and patients are educated in these matters to fully appreciate the value as well as the drawbacks of genetic testing.

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Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease affecting the lining of your bodys joints.

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis affects the strength and quality of the bones, causing weakness in the skeleton.

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Pain

Pain is one of the bodys important alarm systems, warning us that we are under threat

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common health condition that causes widespread body pain and sensitivity to touch.

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Complex regional pain syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can occur after a simple injury such as a sprained ankle or a broken arm.

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