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How to Diagnose Arthritis

Monday, 06 Jun 2011 04:21 PM

To diagnose arthritis, a detailed medical history and physical examination, followed by diagnostic tests, may be required. Usually, pain is the most frequent symptom of arthritis. The doctor usually checks for other signs of arthritis such as swelling, tenderness, and a cracking or popping sound associated with joint movement. It is vital to diagnose the type of arthritis and differentiate it.

• Many diagnostic tests for arthritis are available. Tests advised to find signs of arthritis include X- rays and blood tests.

• CRP is among the common diagnostic tests used to gain information about active inflammation in the body.

• RA Factor is another frequently prescribed blood test used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis.

• Imaging techniques such as X-rays and CT scans evaluate damage to the joint structure.

• Sometimes, joint fluid analysis is performed to identify the cause of swelling in the joints. It can also provide information about what medicines may cure the swelling.

All these diagnostic tests for arthritis, in addition to other physical signs, help medical practitioners make an accurate diagnosis of arthritis and plan its management.

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