The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. This may be enough to suspect OA.
Images will be taken of the affected area. This can be done with an x-ray. This is enough to confirm the diagnosis.
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Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/osteoarthritis-oa-of-the-knee. Accessed August 24, 2021.
Last reviewed July 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Laura Lei-Rivera, PT, DPT
Last Updated: 8/24/2021