How is post-traumatic arthritis diagnosed?
When you come to your doctor for evaluation of joint pain, he or she will ask you about the history of your problem. Questions will include history of an injury, how and when the joint bothers you, what makes the pain better, and what makes it worse. He or she will ask you about your other medical history. Your doctor will perform a physical examination. X-rays will likely be performed and a CT scan, MRI, or other imaging studies may be ordered. Blood tests may also be ordered.