Additional tests are rarely needed to confirm a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Rather, the biggest reason the doctor requests other tests is if he or she suspects that you have another condition.
It is especially important for the doctor to distinguish between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a more serious, bodywide disease that is treated very differently from osteoarthritis.
Here are the 3 other tests that doctors often conduct in people whom they suspect have a joint disease other than osteoarthritis. They are covered in more detail in the following few articles.
- What side effects of arthritis medication should I watch for?
- Arthritis Physical Exam: What is my doctor looking for?
- Am I at risk for osteoarthritis?
- How much should I exercise to help my osteoarthritis?
- What do I need to know about alternative and complementary arthritis therapies?
- Does stress affect my arthritis?
- What causes arthritis symptoms?
- What does arthritis feel like?