Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases Diagnosis

Diagnosing Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

Diagnosing arthritis and other rheumatic diseases is often difficult, as many symptoms are similar among the different diseases. To make an accurate diagnosis, a doctor may need to conduct the following:

What is involved in reviewing your medical history?

When reviewing your medical history, your doctor may ask the following questions:

What is involved in laboratory testing?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, the following is a list of common laboratory tests for the diagnosis of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health:

What imaging techniques may be used to diagnose arthritis and other rheumatic diseases?

Imaging techniques may give your doctor a clearer picture of what is happening to your joint(s). Imaging techniques may include the following:

How is pain measured?

Measurement of pain may help your physician find a diagnosis and determine appropriate treatment. You may be asked to describe your pain on a scale of zero to 10 and/or using certain descriptive words.

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