How do I know I have osteoarthritis?
Examination of the painful joint and certain tests for confirming the diagnosis will help our doctors to know if you have osteoarthritis.
Physical examination of the joint can reveal:
The investigations for confirming the diagnosis are -
X-rays: X-ray of the affected joint can exhibit a narrowing of the space within a joint. This happens due to wearing of the cartilage. Bony spurs around the affected joint can also be seen on X-rays.
Joint fluid analysis: The fluid from the affected joint is taken and tested in a laboratory, which can help in detecting any infection or the presence of gout, which can also trigger the knee pain.
Arthroscopy: A tiny camera is used for visualising the interior of the joint. During this procedure, small incisions are made around the joint and a tiny camera is placed to assess the inside of the joint and to repair any abnormality that can be found.
Blood tests are mostly not needed, except in cases where elimination of other diseases causing the joint pain is essential.
Small lifestyle alterations can be very useful in managing osteoarthritis. Living with osteoarthritis might not be easy, but giving it your best shot to lead a pain-free life is important. The goals of lifestyle changes are the same as that of medical treatment, which are –
On the basis of our experience at Dr Batra’s™ since the past 35 years, we have seen that some changes in diet and lifestyle are effective for managing osteoarthritis. These have been clinically assessed and thus have scientific evidence –
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