Because arthritis can get worse if left untreated, you need to see your doctor as early as possible to get a proper diagnosis.
Early diagnosis and treatment can limit the effects of arthritis on your life and help you stay active and independent.
What to expect when you go to the doctor
When you first visit your doctor, you will be asked a number of questions about your symptoms including:
- How long you have experienced pain?
- Which joints are affected?
- When you get pain and what seems to cause it?
- What makes the joint feel better or worse?
- Whether anyone else in your family has had arthritis or joint pain?
Your doctor may also order tests.
Diagnosis can often be difficult and may take several visits to your doctor before the type of arthritis is diagnosed. This is because there is often no single test to diagnose some types of arthritis and the symptoms can be similar to other forms of arthritis.
For more information refer to the following information sheets:
- The types of arthritis
- Arthritis and specific joints of the body
- Blood tests for arthritis
Or to request your copy of ‘10 Steps to Living Well with Arthritis’ booklet, telephone the Arthritis Helpline on 1800 011 041.
“Early diagnosis and treatment can limit the effects of arthritis on your life”