Diagnosing Arthritis

Other Tests
A sample of synovial fluid (the fluid that lubricates the joints) may be removed from a joint. Studies of synovial fluid can help your healthcare provider look for gout or infectious arthritis (including septic arthritis).
 

Is It Arthritis? -- Or Another Medical Condition?

There are conditions besides arthritis that can cause pain or stiffness around joints. Before making a diagnosis of arthritis, your healthcare provider will consider these other conditions.
 
Depending on the type of arthritis, healthcare providers may consider any of the following conditions:
 

 

Top Foods to Fight Inflammation

Arthritis Information

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