The term "rheumatism" is still used in colloquial speech and historical contexts, but is no longer frequently used in medical or technical literature.

Rheumatic diseases and conditions primarily affect joints, tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles. They are characterized by the signs of inflammation (redness, heat, swelling and pain) as well as by the loss of function among one or more connective or supportive structures of the body. Rheumatic diseases can also affect internal organs.

Rheumatism conditions have been classified as either localized, regional, or generalized. Localized rheumatism conditions include bursitis and tendonitis. Regional rheumatism conditions include chest wall pain, temporomandibular joint pain, and myofascial pain syndromes. Generalized rheumatism conditions include fibromyalgia.

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