Arthritis is Diagnosed
Only a doctor can
tell who has arthritis and what type it is. When you
see a doctor for the first time about arthritis, expect
at least three things to happen. Your doctor will ask
questions about your symptoms, examine you, and take
some tests or X-rays.
I have Arthritis?
If you start feeling
pain and stiffness on your body over a long period of
and your hands or knees or hips get sore and are hard
to move, you may have arthritis.
With early diagnosis
you can get started on a plan to relieve pain, preserve
your range of motion, and help manage skin symptoms.
Diagnosis and Medical History
Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis isnt
a sure-fire test that can tell you positively that you
have RA. It is a process.
Your doctor relies on a number of tools to help him
determine the best treatment for your symptoms. A diagnosis
will be made from your medical record, a physical exam,
lab tests and X-rays.
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Diagnosing rheumatic diseases
An evaluation for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) includes
a physical examination and careful history assessing
the patient's joint inflammation, mechanical difficulty,
pain severity, range of motion, instability, misalignment,