Geriatric Rheumatology and Arthritis

Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that deals with diagnosis, treatment and medical management of patients with rheumatic diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system. Geriatric rheumatology is the branch of medicine that studies rheumatologic disorders in elderly. International Society of Geriatric Rheumatology was established to help advancing research in the area of geriatric rheumatology and improve the quality of management of rheumatologic disorders in elderly.  Arthritis is an important contributing factor for physical disabilities in older people and ∼60% of elderly people may be affected by arthritis. Arthritis usually affects joints with symptoms including joint pain and stiffness and the severity worsen with age. Rheumatology has rapidly advanced during the last 50 years due to improved diagnosis as a result of progress in immunology, molecular biology, genetics and imaging.

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