Answers to Common Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about arthritis.

What types of diagnostic tests are available for the diagnosis of arthritis?

Dr. Michael Raab discusses diagnostic tests for arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Your doctor will likely begin by asking about your pain, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians [Link to Off Site Icon. The physician will probably ask you how often the pain occurs and with what intensity, according to the AAFP.

Another part of the diagnosis is to establish the patient’s medical history, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon. Some subjects that physicians typically cover in an arthritis diagnosis include, according to the AF:

  • Family and patient medical history
  • Symptoms
  • Health habits

The physician will conduct a physical exam and possibly order a blood and/or imaging test to help in the diagnosis, according to the AF. Arthritis can usually be diagnosed with an X-ray, ultrasound or MRI, according to the AF.

Talk to your doctor about diagnostic testing for arthritis.

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Source: Michael Raab, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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