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.
Common Arthritis Screening Lab Test
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
Not all forms of arthritis 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.
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.
Visit one of our locations in the Kansas City area.
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Blood Tests for Weight Management and Overall Fitness
With the start of every New Year, a lot of people start to go to the gym and care more about losing weight and their overall fitness. But as the year progresses, the motivation can wane or completely die out.
Save a Fortune on Lab Testing (Blood Test) Services
When many people think of laboratory blood tests, they imagine making an appointment at their doctor’s office, taking time off work, paying large fees, and waiting around in the lobby for who knows how long. Then, you have to wait around for days to get a call from a nurse with your results.
Understanding Lab Test Panel Benefits
In diagnostic decision making, clinical laboratory tests (blood tests) are a pivotal part of clinical medicine. The menu of laboratory tests which are available for diagnosis and treatment decision making have expanded considerably since the 1920s.
Common Arthritis Panels
We offer a series of panels that can help “cover your bases” if you want to test for arthritis:
- Arthritis Profile Basic
- RA Factor (Rheumatoid Factor)
- Erythrocyte 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
Be prepared for your lab test:
- Make sure you have been Fasting for at least 10-12 hours for many blood tests
- Make sure you are Hydrated for blood draw
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your lab test upfront (We don't process insurance claims but can provide you with information to submit your own insurance claim)
- If you are having specialized testing, call ahead to help us determine if there are special collection preparations.
- If you are interested in one of our health panels, please feel free to look at our web listing to help identify which one you want performed.
- Please try to arrive 30 minutes prior to business closing to allow us time to process your samples for shipment.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.