Close

We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our site. Cookies are files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience.

By continuing to use our website without changing the settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more
You are here:
> > > Step 1 – recognising symptoms before seeking help

Step 1 – recognising symptoms before seeking help

At Step 1 you may be experiencing joint pain and/or back pain but haven’t yet visited your GP about your symptoms. You may have seen one of the following two posters which alert people to the common signs and symptoms of one of the three most common forms of inflammatory arthritis: rheumatoid arthritisankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.

The Squeeze Test is one of the most reliable tests for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis and involves squeezing the patient's hand or foot across the knuckle joints as shown. If this test is unduly painful then it may indicate these conditions.

Test A shows an MCP (metacarpophalangeal) test.

Test B shows an MTP (metatarsophalangeal) test.

Squeeze test

You may also be interested in the following general information:

If you’re experiencing pain, stiffness and/or swelling in your joints then you may want to visit NHS Direct and use the self-assessment tool.

If you’re experiencing symptoms which might relate to inflammatory arthritis, don’t delay – seek help from your GP as soon as possible.

Helpline

0800 5200 520

Our new helpline: Call us for free information, help and advice on your type of arthritis. Open Mon–Fri 9am–8pm.

All calls are recorded for training and quality purposes

Virtual Assistant

Our new Arthritis Virtual Assistant uses artificial intelligence to answer your arthritis related questions 24/7.

Ask a question
Close
For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.