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Glossary of Orthopedic Diagnostic Tests

Orthopedic surgeons use a variety of diagnostic tests to help identify the specific nature of a musculoskeletal injury or condition. Orthopedists also use results from these tests to plan an appropriate course of treatment. Here are some of the most frequently used diagnostic tests for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Blood Tests
Bone Scan
Discography
Doppler Ultrasound

Dual-Photon Absorptiometry

Dual-Energy X-ray Absorbtiometry
Electromyography

Flexibility Tests
Joint Aspiration and Analysis
Laboratory Studies
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Muscle Tests

Nerve Conduction Study (NCS)
Palpation
Peripheral Bone Density Testing
Physical Examination
Radiographs (X-rays)
Range of Motion Testing
Ultrasonography
Venography