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What to Expect: Initial Orthopaedic Evaluation

While every orthopaedics evaluation is different, there are many commonly used tests that our orthopaedic surgeons may consider when evaluating a patient's condition. You can expect:

  • A thorough medical history will be taken and a physical exam will be done to check the movement and range of motion in the affected area.
  • X-rays may be taken to help show how much damage or deformity exists.
  • Additional testing may be needed to confirm your diagnosis, such as:
    • Blood, urine or joint fluid lab tests, which can help to identify some types of arthritis and rule out certain diseases.
    • MRI or CT scan, to help determine your condition.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Following your orthopaedics evaluation, the orthopaedics specialist will review and discuss the results with you. Based on his or her diagnosis, your treatment options may include:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Arthroscopy (cleaning the joint)
  • Joint fluid supplements
  • Joint replacement




Contact Information

Carl J. Shapiro Department of Orthopaedics
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215