You must tell an all & complete medical history and get through physical exam to diagnose the underlying condition to your doctor. Medical history may include questions regarding location of the pain, time and pattern of the pain, and any other associated symptoms. In other words If you experience joint pain, stiffness, and/or swelling that won’t go away, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. Your doctor will be able to determine if you have arthritis. You may also need other tests to help confirm the diagnosis of Osteoarthritis. Below find all diagnosis & tests for Arthritis:
- Physical examination:- The doctor will conduct a physical exam to assess the patient’s overall general health, musculoskeletal status, nerve function, reflexes and direct evaluation of the problematic joints.
- Blood tests to diagnose arthritis:- Blood examinations to check for proteins (called complements), antibodies (such as Rheumatoid factor, antinuclear antibodies) and other indicators of arthritis.
- X-rays of the affected joint: The doctor will likely order an x-ray to see if there is joint damage and how much joint damage has occurred. The x-ray can show cartilage loss, bone damage, and the presence and location of bone spurs.
- An MRI or CT scan of the joint.
- Ultrasound of the joint and arthroscopy (in this procedure a tube with a camera on one end is inserted into the joint to get a close view of the damage)
- Arthrocentesis: Removal and evaluation of a joint fluid sample.
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Medications for Arthritis:-
- NSAIDs NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- COX-2 inhibitors
Note- There are side effects of arthritis treatment drugs on body, they should be taken on arthritis doctor prescription.