A primary care physician may suspect arthritis based in part on a person's signs and symptoms. If so, the patient will be referred to a rheumatologist. No single test can confirm arthritis. To make a proper diagnosis, the rheumatologist will ask questions about personal and family medical history, perform a physical exam and order diagnostic tests. These tests may include:

  • Medical History
  • Physical Exam
  • Blood Tests
  • Inflammation (elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein)
  • Antibodies (rheumatoid factor)
  • Imaging (x-ray)

Learn more at the Arthritis Foundation