Click to watch : COVID19 Separating Fact from Fiction.

Diagnostic Tools To Discover if You Have Arthritis

Around 23% of adult Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and even more people may be undiagnosed. Women are more likely to have arthritis than men, and your risk of arthritis goes up with age.

There are several types of arthritis, so treatment varies depending on the cause of your pain. Our medical team at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville can help relieve your arthritis pain with correct diagnosis and treatment for your specific type of arthritis.

Diagnosing arthritis

We may use a variety of methods to diagnose your arthritis. In some cases, talking to you, reviewing your medical history, and doing a physical exam may be enough to determine that you have arthritis and what type you have. 

In other cases, we may need additional diagnostic tools or scans.


Some of the symptoms of arthritis include:

We may be able to determine you have arthritis without additional diagnostic tools if you have several of these symptoms and a history of physical damage that could lead to arthritis. This history might include an old injury or work or sports that require repetitive motion.

X-ray testing

X-rays can help us diagnose osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis. An X-ray shows if there’s an uneven loss of cartilage in your joint or if bone spurs have formed that cause scraping and pain when you flex your joint. 

X-rays only have a low level of radiation, so you can have them annually to track progression of your arthritis.

CT scanning

A CT scan uses special X-ray equipment controlled by computers to create a three-dimensional picture of the deeper parts of your body by taking multiple images. 

CT is especially helpful in diagnosing arthritis of the spine or pelvis, where conventional X-rays often don't produce a clear enough picture from all angles. 


An MRI utilizes a combination of radio waves and a magnetic field to give a clear cross-section view of details in your soft tissues. 

An MRI allows us to see fluid pockets, tears in the cartilage and muscle around your joint, and deep tissue inflammation. It helps us correctly diagnose osteoarthritis if you're experiencing pain but traditional X-rays didn’t show the condition.


We may also rely on an imaging system that leverages soundwaves to check soft tissue for inflammation. Ultrasound images are very helpful in diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory condition that attacks your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause significant ongoing pain. 

Treating arthritis

We talk with you about our findings and discuss your type of arthritis, then recommend the appropriate treatment. We may suggest exercise therapy in order to keep your joints flexible and encourage mobility. At-home exercises are easy to do, and you can add them into your daily routine.

Dietary changes or supplements support bone and joint health and reduce inflammatory responses. These can help strengthen muscles and ligaments and make you stronger and more agile. 

Experience safe, effective, natural pain relief from arthritis by contacting our Knoxville, Tennessee, office today by phone or via our convenient online booking form.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What's Causing My Neuropathy?

Do you have unexplained pain, numbness, tingling, burning sensations, or pins and needles in your fingers and toes? Neuropathy can be frustrating to deal with, but pinpointing the cause can help you find the right treatment.

3 Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

Is heel pain holding you back? If it’s plantar fasciitis, there’s hope for a return to normalcy. Find out what plantar fascia is, what it does, and how we can treat the inflammation to bring you relief.

Best Exercises When You Have Plantar Fasciitis

Are you struggling with plantar fasciitis and heel pain? The right treatment can make a world of difference and get you literally back on your feet again. Find out what steps to take to get better.

Can Acupuncture Help Neuropathy?

Do you have pain, numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in your extremities? It could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. Acupuncture may help when other treatments have failed to reduce the pain of neuropathy.

Sports Injuries That Fuel Back Pain

Back injuries are among the most common causes of chronic pain. Here’s some insight into how sports injuries can fuel back pain and how a sports medicine specialist can help you recover and return to active life.

Am I a Good Candidate for Regenerative Medicine?

Suffering from chronic pain or degenerative disease? Regenerative medicine can do more than just alleviate your symptoms; it can actively work to heal your body and reverse damage for a stronger, healthier you.