Rheumatoid Diseases

Rheumatoid Diseases

Rheumatology is a sub-specialty in internal medicine and pediatrics, devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases. Clinicians who specialize in rheumatology are called Rheumatologists. Rheumatologists deal mainly with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues and the allied conditions of connective tissues.

Rheumatism is a non-specific term used to describe any painful disorder affecting the loco-motor system including joints, muscles, connective tissues, soft tissues around the joints and bones. The term rheumatism is also used to describe rheumatic fever affecting heart valves. However, the medical profession use specific terms to describe rheumatological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout and systemic lupus erythematosus and so on in the medical literature.

Diseases diagnosed and managed by the rheumatologist include:
Rheumatoid arthritis ,Lupus ,Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) ,dermatomyositis ,polychondritis, polymyositis ,polymyalgia rheumaticaosteoarthritis, septic arthritis, fibromyalgia ,sarcoidosis, gout, pseudogout, spondyloarthropathies, ankylosing, spondylitis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthropathy, enteropathic spondylitis, reactive arthropathy, vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, Henoch-Schönlein purpura, serum sickness, Wegener’s granulomatosis, giant cell arteritis, temporal arteritis, Takayasu’s arteritis, Behçet’s syndrome, Kawasaki’s disease, (mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome) Buerger’s disease, (thromboangiitis obliterans)Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis(JIA) ( JIA inccudes a wide range Joint Disoders affecting Children)

Rheumatic arthritis
Soft Tissue Rheumatism; ( Localizes diseases and lesions affecting the joints and structures around the joints including tendons ,ligaments capsules, bursae, Stress Fractures, muscles , nerve entrapment, vascular lesions , ganglion, connective tissue abnormalities and localised Soft tissues disorders etc).
Diseases affecting bones.
Osteoporosis, osteomalasia, renal osteodystrophy, Fluorosis, Rickets Etc.
Congenital and familial Disorders affecting Joints
Hyperextensible joints
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome,Achondroplasisa, Marfan’s Syndrome etc.

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