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Orthopaedic Evaluation

While every orthopaedics evaluation is different, there are many commonly used tests that an orthopaedic surgeon may consider in evaluating a patient's condition.

Thorough Medical History

First, a medical history is taken to assist the orthopaedics surgeon in evaluating your overall health and the possible causes of your condition/pain.

Physical Examination

Then orthopaedic surgeon will perform a physical examination.


Next,  x-rays help show how much damage or deformity exists.

Additional Tests

Occasionally, additional tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis including:

  • Laboratory testing of your blood, urine or joint fluid can be helpful in identifying specific types of  arthritis and in ruling out certain diseases.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or  CT scan may also be needed to help determine the condition.

Contact Information

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