There are about 200 different musculoskeletal conditions. Arthritis is a term used by doctors to describe inflammation within a joint, while rheumatism is a more general term that's used to describe aches and pains in or around the joints. Because there are many possible causes of these pains doctors don't often use the term rheumatism and will usually refer to these problems either by a specific diagnosis or according to the part of the body affected. Doctors sometimes use the term 'musculoskeletal conditions' or 'the rheumatic diseases' to refer to a whole range of conditions that affect the joints.
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Arthritis affects millions of people and can have a huge impact on their lives. We explain the main types of arthritis, their causes and symptoms, and the various treatments.
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Exercise is important for people with arthritis because keeping the joints supple will help to reduce your pain and help you to stay independent. We look at exercises that are particularly useful for people with arthritis.
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Dr Philip Helliwell answers your questions about arthritis.
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