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X-Ray Knee Bilateral

Your doctor may request X-rays of both your knees for multiple reasons. They are primarily used to confirm or exclude suspected fractures or assess the level of osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee joints. Knee arthritis is reported to be one of the most common types of osteoarthritis. Many individuals may be afflicted with Bilateral knee arthritis when both knees have OA. OA is a painful, degenerative condition that restricts mobility and makes daily tasks difficult to execute. Early diagnosis and treatment may decrease joint degeneration and improve an individual's quality of life.
A knee X-ray can help your doctor find common indications and symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, fracture or deformity of the knee. It is also used to monitor healing and alignment after a bone has been set or after knee surgery. If you require knee surgery, an X-ray may be taken to draw plans for the surgery and see post-operative results. A knee X-ray may also help diagnose stages of cancer, abnormal growth such as cysts and tumors, and infections of the bone. If you're suffering from OA, you might experience symptoms such as flare-ups of knee pain, buckling swelling or inability to straighten your knee, grinding or snapping noises, and overall weakness. Like other forms of degenerative diseases, it tends to develop over time as your joints are subjected to more wear and tear. Content overuse may wear down the protective cartilage at the junction of two bones. Without the cartilage, the bones rub together and cause pain and inflammation.
The patient is required to be erect against the cassette or upright detector with the knee and joint in contact with the detector. The leg may have to be extended, ensuring the knee is not rotated. If the images produced are blurred or unclear, the procedure will be redone. The image will show bones of the knee, including femur, patella (kneecap) and soft tissues. Three different pictures from separate views are usually taken of the knee: one from the front, one from the side and one of the kneecap when the knee is bent.
There is no special preparation required for a Wrist X-ray; however, keep the following points in mind before your appointment:
  • No jewelry, glasses, and metallic objects should be worn.
  • Consult your physician if you are pregnant, or there is a possibility of pregnancy; X-rays are usually avoided during this period.
  • Inform your doctor beforehand if you wear any on-body devices such as an insulin pump.
The X-ray images will be looked at by a radiologist who will send a report to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss the results with you and explain what they mean. While there is no single lab test to diagnose knee osteoarthritis, a lab test is used to rule out problems such as infection or gout. Lab tests may require a blood draw or an aspiration of the knee or joint (taking fluid from the joint)
A combination of physical exams and tests is used in conjunction with the Knee X-ray to diagnose Bilateral knee OA. Your doctor will initially check for redness and swelling in your knees and may recommend some tests. Probable tests include: Your doctor will also note any indications and differences in how OA affects one knee versus the other. Treating bilateral knee OA is similar to dealing with other types of OA. Your doctor may first recommend the use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications for flare-ups, along with exercise and lifestyle advice. Severe cases of Bilateral OA are often best treated with prescription medication such as ibuprofen or NSAIDs. A patient may resort to using corticosteroid shots for severe inflammation. However, long-term use of corticosteroid shots can make your body immune to their effects, and they may even speed up joint damage.