Tags: arthritis | diagnosis | criteria | symptoms | diagnosing arthritis | arthritis medications | arthritis symptoms

Diagnosing Arthritis

Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 03:59 PM

When diagnosing arthritis, a doctor will perform a physical exam and collect information about a patient’s medical history.

A physical examination can show:

• Any fluid around a joint
• Warm, red, and tender joints
• Limited range of motion in the affected joint

Some types of arthritis can cause the joint to become physically deformed. This could signal severe, untreated rheumatoid arthritis.

A doctor might test the blood or order x-rays to check for infection or other causes of arthritis. A sample of joint fluid examined by a lab can also tell a doctor more about the cause of a patient’s arthritis.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

PLEASE NOTE: All information presented on Newsmax.com is for informational purposes only. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. All information presented on our websites should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. You should take no action solely on the basis of this publication’s contents. Readers are advised to consult a health professional about any issue regarding their health and well-being. While the information found on our websites is believed to be sensible and accurate based on the author’s best judgment, readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential ill effects. The opinions expressed in Newsmaxhealth.com and Newsmax.com do not necessarily reflect those of Newsmax Media. Please note that this advice is generic and not specific to any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.

Keeping you up to speed on Lifestyle, health, and money-saving tips
Get me on Fast Features
Keeping you up to speed on Lifestyle, health, and money-saving tips
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved