What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

There is no specific test for osteoarthritis. Based on your symptoms and a physical examination, your doctor will confirm or rule out osteoarthritis. Damage to joint cartilage — cartilage is the smooth, cushion-like surface that covers the ends of your bones to allow them to move smoothly — spurs — extra bone growing around the edge of a joint weakness in the ligaments and tendons — the connective tissue that holds your joints together or attaches muscles to bones are some of the signs they may look for.
An x-ray may be ordered by your doctor to check for constriction and changes in the form of your joints. Other kinds of arthritis may be ruled out with a blood test (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis).
If your symptoms can’t be managed in other ways, your doctor may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon. Osteoarthritis may be treated using a variety of surgeries.
– Arthrodesis is the process of connecting (fusing) two bones together to reduce discomfort in the ankles, wrists, fingers, or thumbs.
– A joint is removed and replaced with metal, ceramic, or plastic parts during arthroplasty (or joint replacement). It can be done on the knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, fingers, ankles, toes, and even the spine.
– To assist straighten your knee joint, osteotomy involves inserting or removing a small section of bone above or below the joint. It is usually done on the knees, and occasionally hips.
– Arthroscopy (or keyhole surgery) entails introducing a tiny camera-equipped arthroscope into the joint to allow the surgeon to view directly into the location and remove or replace any damaged cartilage. It is not recommended for people with knee osteoarthritis unless the knee locks.
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