Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine and pediatrics that deals with the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases and heritable connective tissue disorders.
There are more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases, including:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- musculoskeletal pain disorders
- back pain
- certain autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, scleroderma