If you think you have osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, your doctor will want to talk with you about your symptoms. At your exam you may be asked where the pain is, how long you've had it, and what types of things make it better or worse. Your doctor will probably perform a physical exam of your knee as well. There are several tests that can aid your doctor in making a final diagnosis1:
Other less common tests include:
OA of the knee is a chronic condition that gradually worsens over time, and that progression can usually be seen on X-rays. The grades of OA just evaluate the progression of the disease and do not necessarily indicate how much pain you are feeling.1,5-7
OA of the knee is manageable, especially if detected early, and there are many treatment options, including EUFLEXXA. So, if you experience pain, stiffness, or any of the symptoms listed here, see your doctor. Only a doctor can diagnose OA of the knee, but you and your doctor can work together to find a treatment that is right for you.
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