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Osteoarthritis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

When to call the doctor

  • Pain with no benefit from common pain relievers
  • Confusion regarding the diagnosis (Osteoarthritis can be confused with rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis.)
  • Disability or loss of mobility, especially if sudden

When to go to the hospital

  • Trauma: Injuries from trauma such as falls, especially sports-related injuries, may require X-rays.
  • Signs of infection: Fever, redness, or joint swelling may indicate joint inflammation or joint infection. A joint infection is a serious problem requiring prompt diagnosis and antibiotic therapy. Gout can also have similar symptoms.
  • Sudden inability to walk, bear weight, or a significant change in function would be a reason to seek immediate medical help.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/2/2014

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