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How could a doctor confirm that you have osteoarthritis when your blood tests come back normal?
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: With x-rays or MRI.
There are blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis but none for osteoarthritis.
The first step is to obtain weight bearing x-rays of the knee. If these are unremarkable, then a MRI scan provides more detail and can demonstrate mild osteoarthritis not yet apparent on x-rays. If there is no sign of osteoarthritis on x-rays or mri, it is unlikely that it is present.

In brief: With x-rays or MRI.
There are blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis but none for osteoarthritis.
The first step is to obtain weight bearing x-rays of the knee. If these are unremarkable, then a MRI scan provides more detail and can demonstrate mild osteoarthritis not yet apparent on x-rays. If there is no sign of osteoarthritis on x-rays or mri, it is unlikely that it is present.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
4 doctors agree
In brief: Tests are normal
Blood tests are normal if you have osteoarthritis.
The cartilage surface of a joint cna wear down with time and use. Blood tests rule out inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis

In brief: Tests are normal
Blood tests are normal if you have osteoarthritis.
The cartilage surface of a joint cna wear down with time and use. Blood tests rule out inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Dr. Steven Sheskier
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In brief: X-ray exam
Osteoarthritis is clearly visible on x-ray with joint space narrowing due to cartilage degeneration.

In brief: X-ray exam
Osteoarthritis is clearly visible on x-ray with joint space narrowing due to cartilage degeneration.
Dr. John Callahan
Dr. John Callahan
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