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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Acute calcific tendonitis
Acute CPP crystal arthritis
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
Calcium crystal diseases (pseudogout)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Complex regional pain syndrome
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis
Foot and ankle pain
Giant cell arteritis (GCA)
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
Immunoglobulin A vasculitis
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Osteoarthritis of the knee
Paget's disease of bone
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (knee pain in young adults)
Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN)
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
Polymyositis and dermatomyositis
Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)
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Calcium crystal diseases are caused by deposits of crystals in and around your joints. They can cause painful inflammation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain or aching and tingling or numbness in your hand. We explain the causes, diagnosis and treatments, and the importance of self-help measures.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) causes persistent pain in an arm or a leg. We explain the symptoms, possible causes, diagnosis and treatments, and the importance of self-help measures.
In cryoglobulin-associated vasculitis, proteins in the blood that stick together in the cold (cryoglobulins), can reduce the flow of blood or even block already inflamed blood vessels.