To diagnose you properly and offer the right treatment, your doctor will consider your symptoms and medical history, examine your joints, and arrange one or more diagnostic tests. For example, he or she may suggest blood tests, X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI scan to get a clear view of your joint’s alignment and general condition3.
Based on the results of these tests, your doctor will then discuss the best treatment options with you. Depending on the severity of your OA and the pain you’re experiencing, treatments may include:
Pain relief – using medicines such as paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)3
Exercise and weight loss – an exercise program designed specifically for you, and a weight loss program if you’re overweight3.
A surgical procedure or joint replacement surgery – if your OA symptoms and pain levels are no longer controlled with other therapies3.
Always discuss your treatment options with your doctor.
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