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Bone Spurs (cont.)

Exams and Tests

You doctor will likely begin with a medical history and physical examination. The medical history is a series of questions about your condition and a review of any other medical problems you may have. The physical examination will include testing the joints that are affected to determine how much motion you have available, how much pain you experience with motion, and a check of muscle strength.

Based on the results of the medical history and physical, your physician may recommend obtaining imaging studies to evaluate for bone spurs. This often starts with plain radiographs (X-rays). These are typically able to show if bone spurs have formed and if the joint is affected. If there is a question of possible tear of a tendon such as a rotator cuff tear, an MRI may be ordered. An MRI or CT scan may also be ordered in the spine to assess for possible nerve or spinal cord compression.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2014
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