Rheumatism is defined as the pain and stiffness of soft tissues in and around the joints. It refers to more than 100 collective conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system (which consists of the joints, muscles, bones and tendons). Among the most common rheumatic conditions are osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and scleroderma.
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Rheumatism collectively consists of a wide variety of 100 distinct diseases. Rheumatism targets the connective tissues, tendons, bones or joints of the musculoskeletal system, and they are chronic conditions such as gout, lupus and fibromyalgia.
Many rheumatic diseases are marked by inflammation with redness, pain and swelling. Some patients may have more than one rheumatic disease at the same time, and daily functional activities are deeply affected.