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The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.

There are no screening guidelines or tests available for early diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Patients are usually diagnosed when they begin to notice symptoms and bring this to the attention of their doctor.

References:

Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/.

Cecil Textbook of Medicine. 21st ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2000.

Conn’s Current Therapy. 54th ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2002.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/.

Manek NJ, Lane NE. Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management. American Family Physician. 2000;51(6). Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0315/p1795.html.

Last reviewed June 2013 by Michael Woods, MD

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