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Decision Aid for Knee Osteoarthritis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about decisions for knee osteoarthritis?

You can help make decisions about being screened for osteoarthritis. You can also help plan treatment if osteoarthritis is found with screening, or you develop it. Osteoarthritis screening is a test done to find osteoarthritis early. Screening is different from diagnosis because screening is used when you first start to have signs or symptoms. This means management or treatment can start early to help prevent joint damage. Treatments include medicine and surgery, but you can also manage osteoarthritis with lifestyle changes.

Knee Anatomy

What do I need to know about knee osteoarthritis?

What makes me a good candidate for osteoarthritis screening?

How is osteoarthritis screening done?

No test is used to diagnose osteoarthritis. Your healthcare provider will check the following:

What are the benefits and risks of screening?

Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of screening:

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider to help me make decisions about screening?

What happens after I have osteoarthritis screening?

You will meet with your healthcare provider to go over the results of your screening. You, your family or caregiver, and your healthcare provider can talk about your treatment options. Together you can decide which treatment is right for you. You may need more tests to diagnose anything that showed up on the screening test. Common tests include an x-ray or CT scan to check the amount of tissue between bones or to find bone spurs.

How is osteoarthritis treated, and what are the benefits of treatment?

What are the risks of osteoarthritis treatment?

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider to help me make decisions about treatment?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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