Rheumatic diseases are painful conditions usually caused by inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints or muscles.
Some rheumatic diseases like osteoarthritis are the result of "wear and tear" to the joints. Other rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, happen when the immune system becomes hyperactive; the immune system attacks the linings of joints, causing joint pain, swelling, and destruction.
Almost any joint can be affected in rheumatic disease. There are more than 100 rheumatic...
The Arthritis Foundation is a national not-for-profit group that provides a wealth of information and support for all types of arthritis, including RA. On the web site, you can learn more about rheumatoid arthritis, review the latest studies, and even find support with others who have RA.
American College of Rheumatology
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is a prominent organization of physicians, scientists, and health care experts. On the ACR site, you can find information on the latest educational programs, topical research, and recommended medications. There is also a section for patients that explains rheumatic diseases and conditions, with special support for caregivers.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM, part of the National Institutes of Health, provides a wealth of insight, information, and research on complementary and alternative medicines. On the NCCAM site, you’ll find cutting-edge information, including the truth or hype, on topics such as acupuncture, botanicals, and supplements.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, is a large group of professionals that support ongoing research in arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases. On the NIAMS site, there’s a wealth of self-help information on topics ranging from arthritis, back pain, and gout, to knee problems, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.