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:
- Physical therapy
- Arthroscopy (cleaning the joint)
- Joint fluid supplements
- Joint replacement