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Diagnosing osteoarthritis of the knee

If you are worried about your knee pain and you think it may be due to osteoarthritis (OA), it is best that you  talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

If you do receive a diagnosis of OA of the knee, do not lose hope as there are a number of options available to treat your condition, including the highly effective Unloader One knee brace.

In diagnosing what the problem is, the doctor will want to know about your symptoms, where the pain is for example, and how long you have had it.

Symptoms: Pain, swelling, stiffness?

Tell your doctor what type of things make the pain worse (or better). He or she will most likely examine your knee and may order one or more of the following tests to help them make a diagnosis prior to evaluating treatment options:

Blood test
    A blood test can usually rule out rheumatoid arthritis and other potential causes of joint pain, such as inflammatory diseases.
    X-rays can provide a clearer picture of the cartilage and bones in your knee (a narrower than normal space between bones may indicate cartilage damage, a sign of OA).
MRI scan
Joint fluid analysis