Rheumatic diseases affect your joints and muscles. Some, like osteoarthritis, are the result of wear and tear. Others, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are immune system problems. Your treatment plan will likely include medications, regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress management, and rest.
A doctor who specializes in these conditions, called a rheumatologist, can help you find the best ways to manage your condition. Years ago, conditions like this fell under the broad heading of rheumatism. Now there are more than 100 distinct rheumatic diseases including:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Sjogren’s Syndrome