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I have knee pain off and on. When I wake in the morining I feel the pain in both knees. When I stand for long periods of time I feel pain. When I went to the doctor they did x-rays and exams and stated they dont see and problems. My question is their a problem that x-rays or the exams can detect my problem.


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replied February 19th, 2008
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An X-ray image can visualize only the bones that make up a particular joint. X-rays don’t visualize the soft tissues in and around the joint such as the meniscus, ligaments, cartilage, capsule, tendons and muscles. This means that if the pain originates from some type of soft tissue damage, an X-ray won’t help locate the problem. Diagnostic procedures that can visualize the soft tissue in and round the joint, besides a physical examination, include a CT-scan, MRI, ultrasound and arthroscopy. You can consult an orthopedist about your condition.


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