The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. This may be enough to suspect RA. You may be referred to a doctor who treats joint and muscle disorders. These tests may be done to confirm the diagnosis.

Blood tests will be done to look for substances that may be present with RA.

Images may be taken of the body to look for problems with the tissues and bones. This can be done with:

Arthrocentesis removes fluid from a joint with a needle. The fluid is then tested for signs of RA.

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