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How To Diagnose Arthritis Imaging
I found out I have arthritis between the talus and heel bone, I'm going to get subtalar steroid injections by imaging, what should I expect?
A shot under x-ray: Your doctor will use x-ray imaging to help guide the needle into the subtalar joint. With arthritis, getting the needle into the right space can be hard otherwise. The injection will sting a few seconds, and will hopefully provide some pain relief. With arthritis, injections only provide pain relief for a period of time, but the relief may be acceptable to you. ...Read more
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Is it easier to see/diagnose arthritis during a scan while the patient is currently having a flare up of pain, or will it always look the same? Thanks
See answer: History, physical examination and some lab tests are usually all that is needed to make the diagnosis for someone with extensive experience with rheumatoid arthritis. There are diagnostic criteria to aid in the decision making process but they are not hard and fast rules. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medicine Culture: Medicine does not work this way. There is a system of following a line of tests to their obvious conclusion based upon the test results that come back in the progression. None of us here would even consider replacing your doctor on the ground from doing their job and interpreting the results from their tests. ...Read more
RF and CCP: The most important element in diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is your history. The duration of your symptoms and pattern of joint involvement are important. Having someone experienced in examining your joints is critical. Although the blood tests (rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies), can help make a diagnosis, they must be interpreted in the context of your symptoms and exam. ...Read more
No. Clinical dx: No. This is a clinical diagnosis. Rheumatologist should clarify. ...Read more
No single test: There is no signle diagnostic method for arthritis. It depends on details of symptoms; other joints involved; physical examination; sometimes xrays; and often various kinds of blood tests. Discuss with your doctor -- or if necessary maybe referral to a rheumatologist (arthritis specialist) or sometimes an orthopedist. Good luck. ...Read more
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