If you experien joint pain, what's the right course of action?
Don't just ignore it, sometimes it can be more serious than you think.
Occasionally, additional tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Laboratory testing of your blood, urine, or joint fluid can be helpful in identifying specific types of arthritis and in ruling out certain diseases. Specialized X-rays of the back can help confirm that hip pain isn’t being caused by a back problem. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or a bone scan may be needed to determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues of the affected joint. In order to assist the orthopaedic surgeon in making a diagnosis, it may be helpful to write down your answers to the following questions before the appointment: where and when do I have pain, have I had this pain, do I have any redness or swelling around my joints, what daily tasks are hard to do now, did I ever hurt the joint or overuse it, and does anyone in my family have similar problems?
If you are experiencing joint pain, the first step should be contacting your orthopedist to schedule an appointment for a proper diagnosis.