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How to diagnose Arthritis
« on: May 13, 2017, 03:15:19 PM »
How to diagnose Arthritis





Depending on the findings so far,  your doctor may order lab and/or imaging tests.
 A diagnosis of arthritis is the  first step toward successful treatment. To diagnose arthritis, your doctor will  consider your symptoms, and then he will recommends these:
 
  • Medical & Family History
  • A physical exam to check for swollen joints or  loss of motion
  • Lab Tests (Blood tests)
  • X-rays to confirm the diagnosis
     Lab Tests:   Blood may be drawn to check for levels of inflammation, presence of  antibodies, and status of general systems (complete blood count, liver and  kidney function, etc.). The doctor may use a needle to draw fluid from the  joint for analysis. In some cases, a genetic test may be ordered.
 X-rays and blood tests also help  distinguish the type of arthritis you have. For example, most people with  rheumatoid arthritis have antibodies called rheumatoid factors (RF) in their  blood, although RF may also be present in other disorders.
 X-rays: Using low levels of radiation to  visualize bone, X-rays can show cartilage loss, bone damage and bone spurs.  X-rays may not reveal early arthritic damage, but they are often used to track  progression of the disease.
 Computerized tomography (CT): CT  scanners take X-rays from many different angles and combine the information to  create cross-sectional views of internal structures. CTs can visualize both  bone and the surrounding soft tissues.
 Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Combining  radio waves with a strong magnetic field, MRI can produce more-detailed  cross-sectional images of soft tissues such as cartilage, tendons and  ligaments.
 Ultrasound: This technology uses  high-frequency sound waves to image soft tissues, cartilage and  fluid-containing structures such as bursae. Ultrasound also is used to guide  needle placement for joint aspirations and injections.


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