Rheumatology is a branch of science that deals with the causes, diagnosis, treatment and scientific research on it. This includes rheumatic diseases that occur in joints, soft tissues, connective tissues, etc. These diseases mainly occur due to the denaturation of cartilage protein that is present between bones. Cartilage acts as a cushion between the bones and help to reduce friction between the two. Rheumatic diseases are seen to occur more frequently in women than men with ageing. Women acquire them after the age of 55 while in the case of men, these occur after an age of 45.
Last date updated on September, 2014