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Rheumatism[1] or rheumatic disorders are conditions causing chronic, often intermittent pain affecting the joints or connective tissue.[2] Rheumatism does not designate any specific disorder, but covers at least 200 different conditions, including arthritis and "non-articular rheumatism", also known as "regional pain syndrome" or "soft tissue rheumatism".[3][4] There is a close overlap between the term soft tissue disorder and rheumatism.[5] Sometimes the term "soft tissue rheumatic disorders" is used to describe these conditions.[6]

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Other namesRheumatic disease

The term "Rheumatic Diseases" is used in MeSH to refer to connective tissue disorders.[7] The branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatism is called rheumatology.[8]