What is an arthritis test?

One of the most common types of arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis. This condition occurs when your immune system attacks your own cells and tissues, mistaking them as 'foreign'. Our arthritis test will provide a diagnosis for rheumatoid arthritis, a long-term condition that can cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. This test will also check your levels of Uric Acid which is the main cause of Gout which also causes inflamation and joint pain.

Why consider an arthritis test?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, as well as other discomforts in your hands, feet, or joints, then you should consider taking this test.

How is arthritis tested?

You will be asked to provide a blood sample duringyour visit to our clinic. After we have collected your sample, it will be sent to our fully accredited laboratory for fast and accurate analysis. Within just two working days of your samples arrival at our laboratory, your results will be ready.

What tests will you run on my sample?

Our rheumatoid arthritis test assesses the following:

  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). The ESR measures the rate at which blood cells settle in a tube. Faster rates can be indicative of inflammatory problems
  • Rheumatoid factor (RF). An autoantibody found in the blood of those who have rheumatoid arthritis
  • Full blood count (FBC). This checks the levels of all your different blood cells identifying any abnormalities
  • Uric acid. This chemical is checked to see if you are prone to gout which can also cause joint pain
  • Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP). This is an antibody produced by the immune system that works against your body's normal antibodies. People who test positive for anti-CCP are very likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, however not everybody with rheumatoid arthritis has this antibody
  • C-reactive protein (CRP). This is another inflammation marker

How will I receive my test results?

Your confidential test results will be available within two working days of your samples arrival at our certified laboratory. You can view your results at any time by logging into your secure patient area on our website. Once your results are ready, a member of our Patient Services team will contact you.

What should I do with my results?

If your tests display high levels of rheumatoid factor or high levels of other markers for rheumatoid arthritis, you should seek medical advice from a doctor. Better2Know can arrange private doctor consultations at locations across Ireland, through our network of skilled doctors. If you would prefer you can also take your results to GP.

How can I book my arthritis test?

To book your arthritis test, please call Better2Know on the number displayed above. A member of our Patient Services team will organise your booking and answer any questions. Better2Know offers a wide range of health tests and screens throughout Ireland. Our experienced and welcoming team are available to help 24/7