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How is arthritis diagnosed?

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Your doctor or an arthritis specialist called a rheumatologist will:

  • Ask for your medical and family history.
  • Give you a physical exam.
  • Look for tenderness, swelling, redness, warmth, and loss of motion in the joints.
  • Take samples of your joint fluid and test them.
  • Do imaging scans, which may include X-rays, MRIs, or ultrasounds.

From: The Basics of Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Arthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Arthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Gout?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Gout.”

NIH Senior Health: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 11, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Arthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Arthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Gout?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Gout.”

NIH Senior Health: “Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 11, 2017

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