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What does arthritis look like on a xray? My doctor told me I have it by looking at my xray & than he tells me i don't have it & he's an orthopedic!

What does arthritis look like on a xray? My doctor told me I have it by looking at my xray & than he tells me i don't have it & he's an orthopedic!

Cysts and spurs: There are specific findings on x-rays including spurs, cysts, sclerosis, and loss of joint space. In addition, as the arthritis progresses the alignment of the joint may change. Arthritis is most commonly seen on x-rays and does not require any advanced imaging in most situations. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What does an arthritis hip look like on xray?

Hip arthritis: On x-ray, you can find joint space narrowing, rim osteophytes, sclerosis, cystic changes. ...Read more

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Which forms of arthritis show up in x-rays?

Which forms of arthritis show up in x-rays?

Both.: While they may appear in different joints and in different ways, both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis will appear in X-rays. ...Read more

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Do x-rays tell if I have rheumatoird arthritis?

Do x-rays tell if I have rheumatoird arthritis?

Not really: There may be no changes on x-ray in the early stages. X-ray findings are not necessary in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (ra), but x-rays can add in the diagnosis or following the treatment of ra. Diagnosis can be very straightforward or quite complex for ra. The right diagnosis is important since it needs to be treated to prevent irreversible joint destruction. ...Read more

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Can you diagnose infectious arthritis of the knee from knee x-rays?

Can you diagnose infectious arthritis of the knee from knee x-rays?

Infectious arthritis: No. You can get an indication of possible infection by history and physical in an acute situation. The actual infectious agent may have to be determined by taking fluid out of the joint. An x-ray may be abnormal due to the infection but you do not diagnose infectious arthritis from x-ray alone. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have arthritis? Is it just with blood tests or I need x-rays too?

How can I find out if I have arthritis? Is it just with blood tests or I need x-rays too?

Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis.. ...Read more

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Besides an emg what other tests can be done to determine what nerve or nerves are being compressed in the elbow my x rays just showed arthritis of the?

Besides an emg what other tests can be done to determine what nerve or nerves are being compressed in the elbow my x rays just showed arthritis of the?

Nerve compression: X-rays show bony structures; could show bone spurs that might press on nerves. Emg tests nerve function. Mri might show actual compression of nerve at elbow. Physical exam can also help determine if u have ulnar nerve entrapment. Trust doc. ...Read more

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On a xray what does post-traumatic arthritis look like?

On a xray what does post-traumatic arthritis look like?

Post-traumatic: Post-traumatic arthritis looks very similar to osteoarthritis on x-ray. Sometimes there is evidence of old broken bone that didn't quite heal in a good position. Basically it means that there is arthritis in a joint related to a fracture there in the past. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a grinding sound and feeling in my knees. no arthritis showed up on x-rays. other options?

What to do if I have a grinding sound and feeling in my knees. no arthritis showed up on x-rays. other options?

Does it bother you?: If this grinding sound is persistent and bothersome you should continue looking for the source. A loose piece of cartilage? bone? early arthritis may not show in X-rays. After a careful examination by your orthopedist other types of imaging of your nee (MRI?) should be considered. ...Read more

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Does arthritis of the jaw always show up on x-rays? If not then what test should be done? She already has jra but need to know if its spread to jaw

Does arthritis of the jaw always show up on x-rays? If not then what test should be done? She already has jra but need to know if its spread to jaw

Not always: But about 65% of children with jra and symptoms of tmj-temporomandibular joint pain also have x-rays that show jaw changes. It seems to start about age 5-6 years right where you are now. You can talk to your doctor about how to make your jaw feel better. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more