Rheumatic conditions tend to cause pain in the joints. Some people use the term “inflammatory rheumatism” to refer to rheumatic disorders that involve inflammation.
Rheumatism is a word that doctors historically used for conditions that affect the joints. Doctors no longer use the term. Instead — as there are so many types of rheumatic disorders with different causes — they stress that people should get a specific diagnosis so that a doctor can prescribe the correct treatment.
Inflammatory rheumatic disorders include:
- rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- psoriatic arthritis (PsA)
- ankylosing spondylitis
- systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus
- rheumatic fever
This article looks at the various types of inflammatory rheumatism, how doctors diagnose them, and their treatments.