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Helping you to prepare for a health encounter for your osteoarthritis; the history and examination with Prof Mel Holden and Dr Pip Nicolson

Season 5, Ep. 10

Learn more about what happens during the history taking and physical examination components of getting your osteoarthritis diagnosed.



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