Which physical findings suggest osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Oct 12, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Physical examination findings in patients with osteoarthritis are mostly limited to the affected joints. [64, 65, 66] Reduced range of motion and crepitus are frequently present.

Malalignment with a bony enlargement may occur. Most cases of osteoarthritis do not involve erythema or warmth over the affected joint(s); however, a bland effusion may be present. Limitation of joint motion or muscle atrophy around a more severely affected joint may occur.

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