Patient Encounter Part 1

CS is a 62-year-old obese woman who presents to your family medicine clinic complaining of deep, aching pain localized to her right knee. The pain is provoked by walking and subsides with rest. She also notes that her knee is difficult to bend for 15 minutes after rising in the morning. The symptoms have worsened over the last several years. Your interview also reveals that she injured her knee several years ago in a minor motor vehicle accident.

What information is suggestive of OA?

What risk factors for OA does CS have?

What other information will you need to differentiate between OA and RA?

What other information will you need before formulating a treatment plan for this patient?

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