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Diagnosis Orthopedics

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Your surgeon will take your medical history, gather information about your general health and ask you about the extent of your knee pain and your ability to function. A physical examination will be taken to assess your knee motion, stability and strength and overall leg alignment. X-rays may be performed to determine the extent of damage and deformity of your knee. Occasionally, blood tests, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or a bone scan may be needed to determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues of your knee.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.