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.
Then orthopaedic surgeon will perform a physical examination.
x-rays help show how much damage or deformity exists.
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.