Can Blood Tests Detect Arthritis?
Question: Can a blood test detect arthritis?
Answer: There is a special blood test for rheumatoid arthritis, but no test for the wear-and-tear type called osteoarthritis.
However, according to Arthritis Answers from the Experts, blood tests are only one of many tools physicians use to make a diagnosis. In the case of osteoarthritis, a diagnosis is made based on physical examination, detailed patient history, and, in some cases, ruling out other probable causes of pain.
The best way to prevent and treat osteoarthritis is through a holistic pain cure program. The four tenets of such an approach would include: nutrition along with supplementation, physical therapy such as exercise and acupuncture, medicine--including the possibility of hormone replacement therapy, and mental and spiritual pain control.
Find out more about arthritis in Arthritis Answers from the Experts.