Activate Now
 
ProHealth arthritis Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club
 

How is Arthritis Diagnosed?


Diagnosis depends on the type of arthritis suspected by the doctor. Most of the time, the testing is very similar:

  • No matter which type of arthritis is suspected, a patient will have a complete medical exam that includes personal, medical, and family history.
     
  • Functional tests are often performed to determine the range of motion of the affected joint.
     
  • Diagnosis will be helped with the use of X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
     
  • A blood test, called the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), can help to determine if there is inflammation in the whole body. ESR is nonspecific test and may point to many types of arthritis. 
After the general tests, more specific tests may be used to help make the diagnosis:

  • General blood tests are often performed and can show the presence of an infection, suggesting an infectious arthritis.
     
  • Gout is determined by testing the uric acid level in blood.
     
  • Pseudogout is unique in that it requires a test where some of the fluid of the joint is extracted and examined under a microscope.
     
  • Further testing may be performed if rheumatoid arthritis is suspected. The two blood tests typically performed are called rheumatoid factor (RF) and antinuclear antibody (ANA). The tricky part of rheumatoid arthritis is that not everyone with rheumatoid arthritis has positive results from these tests.


< Back Who is at Risk Causes Next >
 
Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Natural Remedies

Undenatured Type II Collagen - Chicken Soup for Your Joints Undenatured Type II Collagen - Chicken Soup for Your Joints
Probiotic Mint Promotes Healthy Gums & Teeth, Freshens Breath and Whitens Teeth Probiotic Mint Promotes Healthy Gums & Teeth, Freshens Breath and Whitens Teeth
Bone Broth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis and Cellulite Bone Broth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis and Cellulite
Fight Inflammation and Promote Cognitive Health with High-OPC Grape Seed Fight Inflammation and Promote Cognitive Health with High-OPC Grape Seed
Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Tart Cherry Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Tart Cherry

Breaking News

Exercise reduces depressive symptoms in adults with Exercise reduces depressive symptoms in adults with...
Health News and Research

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE 15% NOW*
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map