Diagnosing and Treating Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition that should be diagnosed by an experienced doctor who combines listening to the patient with physical examination and, when needed, lab tests of the bodily fluids and surrounding tissues. You or your doctor can use lab tests to confirm a diagnosis, monitor the progress of disease and medication and avoid side effects before they reach the sensory level.
Blood Screens to Narrow Diagnosis and Design Treatment
Some types of arthritis and related conditions are more decisively confirmed based on the presence chemicals and reactions in your blood, but not every form needs tests to diagnose. ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC Arthritis Screening Panel includes tests for:
Rheumatoid factor (RF) –
A sign of rheumatoid arthritis is the presence of an an antibody that works against gamma globulin, a blood component. This test is designed to detect that antibody, so a positive result often indicates arthritis or another autoimmune disease.
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate –
This test measures how fast red blood cells cling together, fall and settle (like sediment) in the bottom of a glass tube over the course of an hour. It is known as ESR or “sed rate.” The higher the sed rate, the greater the amount of inflammation. Many conditions can cause an elevated ESR including an infection or anemia.
Contact ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC for your Arthritis Screening Needs
ARCpoint labs of Columbia, SC provides arthritis tests and many other wellness tests for women and men at our nationwide labs. Contact us today.