Arthritis Screening

The Arthritis Foundation says arthritis is,

“an informal way of referring to more than 100 types of joint diseases that affect 53 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S.”

If your body becomes sore, stiff or tender, it may be a sign of arthritis. It’s important to work with a doctor to determine the exact cause of your side effects, this will also impact your treatment.

As a first step, your doctor may want to run lab tests to screen you for certain forms of arthritis. Not all forms will be picked up with a blood test, but many will. Arthritis screening can involve several lab tests, many that we do at Test Smartly Labs.

Common Arthritis Screening Lab Tests

The Arthritis Foundation says the following blood tests may be recommended if you and your doctor suspect you’re suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, Lyme disease or other inflammatory forms of arthritis:

  • Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
  • Rheumatoid factor (RF)
  • Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP)
  • Uric acid
  • HLA tissue typing
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • C-reactive protein
  • Lyme serology

With any blood test your doctor requests, we can help.

Our lab is clean, easy-to-find and much more affordable than hospital labs. We’ll make sure your blood is drawn quickly and efficiently by one of our trained lab professionals and that the results get where they need to go.

Common Arthritis Panels

We offer a series of panels that can help “cover your basis” if you want to test for arthritis:

Arthritis Profile Basic

  • RA Factor (Rheumatoid Factor)
  • Erythocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) Westergren blood test

Arthritis Profile Comprehensive

  • CBC, Complete Blood Count with Differential/Platelet Count
  • CMP14, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • C-Reactive Protein, CRP (High-Sensitivity, Cardiac CRP, Preferred)
  • Rh Factor
  • ANA (Antinuclear Antibodies) Comprehensive Profile

Osteoporosis Risk Panel Comprehensive

  • Bone-specific Alkaline Phosphatase (Osteoporosis)
  • Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
  • T4  Thyroxine, Free, Direct, Serum
  • T3 Uptake (THBR)
  • TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone)
  • PTH, Parathyroid Hormone
  • FSH, Follicle-stimulating Hormone, Serum
  • Protein Electrophoresis, Serum
  • Testosterone, Total, Serum
  • Estradiol, E2