Early diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan are key to the successful management of arthritis. With more than 100 types of arthritis, a family caregiver plays an important role in helping their loved one seek medical care in order to secure a proper diagnosis.
The following video helps outline the steps that an arthritis sufferer and their family caregiver may expect to follow during the early stages of a diagnosis of arthritis.
Key Steps in Diagnosing Arthritis
- Plotting an overall pattern of symptoms
- Recording an accurate medical history
- Conducting a thorough physical exam
- Conducting imaging studies such as X-rays or MRIs
- Conducting lab tests
Additionally, resources such as the Arthritis Foundation, Mid Atlantic Region offers excellent tools for diet and exercise that may help ease the symptoms of arthritis.
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