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Rheumatology is a multidisciplinary branch of medicine that deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. It incorporates over 200 disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues.
In general, rheumatic conditions fall into two main categories: inflammatory and non-inflammatory ones:
Joints Arthritis Osteoarthritis
Spine Spondylitis Spondylosis
Muscles Myositis Myopathy
Tendons Tendonitis Tendinopathy
Bones Tendo-periostitis Osteoporosis
Some rheumatic conditions are difficult to group that way, such as vascular inflammation (vasculitis), connective tissue diseases (autoimmune conditions) or certain bone disorders, including osteoporosis, osteomalacia, Paget’s disease of bone, hyperparathyreodism and many others.