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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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  • A man holding his elbow

    Elbow pain

    Elbow pain is very common and usually doesn’t have a serious cause. We explain the causes, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and the importance of self-help measures.

  • A guide for teenagers

    Enthesitis-related JIA

    Enthesitis-related JIA is a type of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), which affects the places where tendons attach to bones including the legs and spine.

  • Vasculitis

    Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis

    Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis causes asthma to develop in adults, followed by inflammation of the blood vessels caused by swellings called granulomas.

  • A guide for teenagers

    Extended oligoarthritis

    Extended oligoarthritis is a type of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) which develops to affect a number of joints.

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