Q10. How is arthritis diagnosed?

A10. This involves a visit to your GP who will examine the affected areas as well as asking you questions about your symptoms. This will be followed by a discussion about your medical history and family history if applicable.

Your GP will then refer you to a specialist such as a rheumatologist who will conduct a series of tests. These will include blood tests (different types), X-rays and scans, e.g. ultrasound, MRI etc.

The results of these tests will be reviewed and used to help formulate a treatment plan for you. This will also include a look at your current lifestyle, e.g. home and work before assigning your case to a specialist team.

This is covered in more detail in our types of arthritis section.

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