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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you have osteoarthritis?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shivajee Nallamothu
28 years experience
Evaluation and xray: You really need to see a physician for a thorough evaluation to rule out other causes like cartilage tears or fractures. Xrays after this evaluation are needed to see the quantity of arthritis. Only then can treatment be advised.
Dr. Kevin Watson
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
X-ray: Symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness, grinding noises, swelling, and warmth. The best way to evaluate for arthritis is with simple x-rays.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
X-ray: or MRI needs to be done to truly determine osteoarthritis.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can you know for sure if you have osteoarthritis ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
See a physician: The diagnosis can be made using your history, a physical exam and appropriate x-rays.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How to know if i will have osteoarthritis?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Boyer
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
No predicting: There is no one way to predict the future of someone's health or joints. Genetics can help us know if you are more likely but there are so many factors involved that no one can be sure. The key is to sty active in the pursuits that you find enjoyable. If you start to have joint pain that prevents you from engaging in these activities, then a visit with a doctor should help with both a diagnosis.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is osteoarthritis?

8 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Cartilage breakdown: Oa occurs as the joint lining or articular cartilage begins to breakdown. The breakdown can be a result of trauma, injury, oversuse, malalignment, increased stress from excess weight, poor nutrition, a lack of exercise, or a combination of any of these items.

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