Soft tissue problems associated with rheumatic disease.

C. S. Burckhardt, Kim Jones, S. R. Clark

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    Rheumatic disease and associated soft tissue problems encompass a large number of syndromes and account for a high percentage of visits to primary care practitioners. This article describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments for five of the problems most commonly encountered: bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Effective management requires a structured history, physical examination, and definitive diagnosis that distinguishes the soft tissue problem from a joint problem and an inflammatory syndrome from a noninflammatory syndrome. The overriding principle is self-management of treatments that focuses on relief of pain, maintenance of function, and avoidance of factors that cause recurrence or exacerbation of the problem. Medications, physical therapies, biomechanical aids, and exercise strategies, along with cognitive-behavioral techniques for the more chronic problems, are all known to decrease symptoms and to assist patients in returning to normal functioning.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalLippincott's primary care practice
    Volume2
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1998

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    Rheumatic Diseases
    Myofascial Pain Syndromes
    Bursitis
    Tendinopathy
    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    Fibromyalgia
    Self Care
    Physical Examination
    Primary Health Care
    Therapeutics
    Joints
    History
    Maintenance
    Exercise
    Recurrence
    Pain

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    Burckhardt, C. S., Jones, K., & Clark, S. R. (1998). Soft tissue problems associated with rheumatic disease. Lippincott's primary care practice, 2(1).

    Soft tissue problems associated with rheumatic disease. / Burckhardt, C. S.; Jones, Kim; Clark, S. R.

    In: Lippincott's primary care practice, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1998.

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    Burckhardt, CS, Jones, K & Clark, SR 1998, 'Soft tissue problems associated with rheumatic disease.', Lippincott's primary care practice, vol. 2, no. 1.
    Burckhardt, C. S. ; Jones, Kim ; Clark, S. R. / Soft tissue problems associated with rheumatic disease. In: Lippincott's primary care practice. 1998 ; Vol. 2, No. 1.
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