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.
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