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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis?

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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Exam / Blood

Ra affected joints have more swelling than oa due to synovitis.
An exam and blood work can help differentiate.

In brief: Exam / Blood

Ra affected joints have more swelling than oa due to synovitis.
An exam and blood work can help differentiate.
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess
Thank
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
also imaging such as x-ray can differentiate
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: See your PCP

Typically you'll need to see a doctor who will make that determination based mostly on a history and physical examination.
Depending on the situation, x-rays and some lab work may help as well. In difficult situations, your primary care doctor may refer you to a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist.

In brief: See your PCP

Typically you'll need to see a doctor who will make that determination based mostly on a history and physical examination.
Depending on the situation, x-rays and some lab work may help as well. In difficult situations, your primary care doctor may refer you to a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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