Rheumatology deals with diseases that affect the muscles and joints. Rheumatic disorders have symptoms such as joints and muscle pain, stiffness and swelling. These disorders can be cured with the help of medication, a healthy diet and regular exercise. Doctors who specialise in rheumatology are called rheumatologists. Clinical issues that affect joints and soft tissues, and the allied conditions of connective tissues are chiefly looked at by rheumatologists.
Some diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, are chronic and disabling if not treated early and appropriately. Some of these, like lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis and vasculitis, can even be grave if ignored.
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