Diagnosing joint injuries and diseases start with a thorough process of tests. Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis can be made, which may be more accurate than through open surgery or from X-ray result studies. Scoping offers many advantages over regular surgery or open surgery. Scoping a joint includes only a few small incisions, so the patient experiences less pain during their shorter recovery time.
Reasons to have an arthroscopy procedure:
- Injury of a joint during a sports activity.
- Joint pain that doesn’t respond to conservative therapy such as rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication.
- To repair torn ligaments or cartilage.
- To remove cysts in or near a joint.
- To examine a joint for damage.