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- Medicine : The study of health and disease of the human body.
- Internal medicine : The medical specialty that deals with nonsurgical, nonobstetric diseases of adults
- Immunology : The study of all aspects of the immune system in all animals.
- Connective tissue : Tissue that supports and binds other tissues, including fat, muscle, scar tissue, subcutaneous tissue, elastic tissue, bone,and cartilage; it consists of connective tissue cells embedded in a large amount of extracellular matrix
- Arthritis : A group of medical conditions where there is damage caused to the joints of the body.
- Vasculitis : Inflammation of blood vessel walls.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome : Syndrome characterized by persistent or recurrent fatigue, diffuse musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbances, and subjective cognitive impairment of 6 months duration or longer.
- Chronic widespread pain : A class of syndromes that meet the diagnostic criterion of pain on both sides of the body, above and below the waist, and additional specific areas involving the chest or spine
- Fibromyalgia : Inflammation of the fibrous or connective tissue of the body, characterized by acute and debilitating widespread musculoskeletal pain.
- Polymyalgia rheumatica : A syndrome in the elderly characterized by proximal joint and muscle pain, high erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and a self-limiting course.
- Mixed connective tissue disorder : Add brief definition or description
- Scleroderma : Add brief definition or description
- Sjogren's syndrome : Chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disease in which the salivary and lacrimal glands undergo progressive destruction by lymphocytes and plasma cells resulting in decreased production of saliva and tears. The primary form, often called sicca syndrome, involves both keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia. The secondary form includes, in addition, the presence of a connective tissue disease, usually rheumatoid arthritis.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus : Connective tissue disorder, that primarily affect women of childbearing age, have a variety of clinical forms, and are characterized by red scaly skin lesions.
- Anti-nuclear antibodies : A class of antibodies, members of which are elevated in different autoimmune diseases; the anti-nuclear antibody test is a measurement of the class, complemented by more specific antibody assays
- Bone densitometry : A range of medical imaging methods used to detect weakening of bone and the risk of fractures; major applications are managing potential osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and bone growth disorders in children
- Complete blood count : A basic set of counts and ratios of various blood cells, which can be both individually and jointly valuable in medical diagnosis
- Cryoglobulins : Add brief definition or description
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate : Add brief definition or description
- Range of motion : Add brief definition or description
- Rheumatoid factor : Add brief definition or description
- Serum protein electrophoresis : Add brief definition or description
- SS antigens : Add brief definition or description
- Thyroid panel : Add brief definition or description
- Aspirin : Common analgesic used for treating mild to moderate pain; protective against blood clots and heart disease when administered indefinitely in low doses
- Acetaminophen : An analgesic antipyretic drug widely used for the treatment of headaches, fever and other minor aches and pains; has no antiinflammatory activity
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent : Medication other than corticosteroids having analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory activity due to their ability to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins.
- Tramadol : An atypical opioid analgesic useful for mild to moderate pain, with a potential for abuse
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
- Monoclonal antibody : Highly specific antibodies produced in large quantity by the clones of a single hybrid cell formed in the laboratory by the fusion of a B cell with a tumor cell.
- Orthopedics : A surgical specialty which utilizes medical, surgical, and physical methods to treat and correct deformities, diseases, and injuries to the skeletal system, its articulations, and associated structures.
- Pain medicine : An interdisciplinary physician subspecialization, within the broad scope of pain management, which often involves team approaches with various physician and nonphysician specialties
- Physical and rehabilitation medicine : A medical specialty concerned with the use of physical agents, mechanical apparatus, and manipulation in rehabilitating physically diseased or injured patients.
- Physical therapy : An allied health profession that concentrates on restoration of strength and motion through active and passive manipulations and motions
- Occupational therapy : A rehabilitative service that aims to make people as independent as possible, focused on training in, and assistive devices for, activities of daily living