What You Need to Know About Reactive Arthritis

Making a Diagnosis

In order to diagnose reactive arthritis, the healthcare provider will begin by asking a number of questions. He or she will then perform a physical exam looking for signs of reactive arthritis. If he or she suspects reactive arthritis, certain tests may be recommended. These tests include blood tests and x-rays.
Before making a diagnosis of reactive arthritis, the healthcare provider will make sure you do not have other conditions that share similar symptoms with reactive arthritis. These include:


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Treatment for Reactive Arthritis

Reactive arthritis can be difficult to treat; therefore, your healthcare provider may have to try several medicines or a combination of medicines before finding out what works. There is no cure for reactive arthritis.
Examples of medicines that may be prescribed for reactive arthritis treatment include:
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids (either injections or topical)
  • Antibiotics
  • Immunosuppressive medicines
  • TNF inhibitors, such as:



(Click Reactive Arthritis Treatment for more information related to treatment options. This includes a discussion about exercise and how it can be useful for treating reactive arthritis.)
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