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:
to provide detailed images of the knee (this diagnostic exam is the most common to diagnose OA)
Computed tomography (CT) scan
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
Blood tests to rule out rheumatoid arthritis
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
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.