Rheumatoid arthritis is categorized as a form of rheumatism, also called a rheumatic disease. Rheumatism is a term that was used to describe a variety of different conditions all with similar symptoms. Today, doctors reach much more specific diagnoses regarding rheumatic diseases and do not use the term rheumatism as a diagnosis but rather as a category of conditions.
Rheumatism is a general term applied to a number of different conditions that produce similar symptoms. Rheumatic conditions cause inflammation in the muscles and joints and can potentially lead to cartilage and bone damage.
The result is often chronic pain, swelling, and soreness in the joints and surrounding areas. Symptoms of rheumatism can sometimes make it difficult to perform daily activities. Many patients find that their mobility, dexterity, and range of motion decreases with symptoms of rheumatism.
In most cases, treatment options help patients with rheumatic conditions continue to live full and happy lives while reducing pain and managing symptoms
See more information on the Rheumatiodarthritis.org website below