Rheumatism is the term used to describe diseases leading to pain and movement restriction in muscles, bones, joints enabling the body to move and connective tissues and swelling and deformity. Rheumatism is not a single disease. Arthralgia (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis), soft tissue rheumatism (fibromyalgia, neck pain, lumbar pain) and osteoporosis are the most frequent rheumatic diseases.
The rheumatologist is the specialist physician having training to diagnose and treat many diseases called as “rheumatic diseases.” Diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis rheumatism, Behçet’s syndrome, familial Mediterranean fever, systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) gout, scleroderma, childhood rheumatic disorders and Sjögren’s syndrome are carried out by the rheumatologists.
Rheumatic diseases are diagnosed and treated at Kent Hospital department of rheumatology.