How is arthritis diagnosed?
To diagnose arthritis, a doctor will take a medical history and ask questions about the patient’s pain. The doctor will do a physical examination to find the causes of pain and how this pain is affecting the patient’s ability to function.
The patient might have X-rays or other imaging procedures such as a CT scan (computerized tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to see how much joint damage there is. The patient may also see several different specialists.