Diagnosis of & Symptoms of Arthritis

Diagnosing arthritis is often done by analyzing your possible symptoms of arthritis, as there is no single test to determine if you have the condition

There is not a single test to determine if you have osteoarthritis. Instead, your doctor will ask about your symptoms, family history and examine your joints. He or she will also likely order imaging tests such as an MRI or X-rays. While these tests for diagnosing arthritis are helpful, they often don’t pick up early signs of osteoarthritis. In this video, Dr. Holly Atkinson explains what kinds of symptoms you are experiencing if you are suffering from this condition. Symptoms vary from person to person, so you may experience only some of the listed symptoms. The main symptom of osteoarthritis is joint pain, typically that remains constant. Other symptoms of arthritis include joint stiffness in the morning, or after long periods of inactivity, as well as swelling.


Holly Atkinson, MD

This video features Holly Atkinson, MD. Dr. Atkinson specializes in internal medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist.

Duration: 2:19. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Mera Goodman, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Jan. 30, 2016
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