I think I might have arthritis in both my knees. How can I know for sure?
A physician will be able to diagnose your problem. Using a series of questions, X-rays, and clinical tests, the diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis (OA) is fairly straightforward.
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has a classification system used by most doctors to make the diagnosis. Knee pain and stiffness are the most common symptoms. Stiffness is more pronounced in the morning but the pain is less. Once you get up and moving, the stiffness usually goes away. As the day goes on, pain may increase.
X-rays show bone spurs, loss of joint space, and poor knee joint alignment. All of these are common findings in patients with OA. X-rays are not relied upon by themselves. Many people have positive X-ray findings but no pain and no limitations.
The ACR supports the diagnosis of OA if these three conditions are met:
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