The term rheumatism is familiar to almost everyone. But do you also know which different types of rheumatism there are, what the causes of rheumatic diseases are, or how you can recognise symptoms early on? Read on and also find out what professional rheumatism treatment can do for you.
Rheumatic diseases: What types of rheumatic diseases are there?
The list of rheumatic diseases or types of rheumatism seems almost endless. However, it can be said that there are four to five categories in which all types of rheumatism can be classified.
Rheumatism treatments: What helps with rheumatism?
The main aim of a therapy for rheumatic diseases is to ensure the person's mobility and thus relieve pain.
Therapies are therefore particularly focusing on thermal healing water, radon, and sulphur, which use heat and other processes to relax the muscles, promote blood circulation and thus have a revitalising effect. The external and internal effects of the healing substances are achieved by drinking or bathing therapies. Besides mental and physical relaxation and the alleviation of inflammation, the body's self-healing powers are activated. Thermal water therapies also have a positive and relaxing influence on the mental well-being.
Mud baths and therapeutic mud packs are also suitable for promoting blood circulation due to their long-lasting warming effect and have a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect.
Regular physiotherapy, sports, and exercise therapy keeps the joints flexible and builds up muscles. In rheumatism therapy, movement is generally an indispensable factor, as it keeps muscles and joints flexible and improves their function. Even if the joints are painful - or just then - they should be kept in motion so that the condition does not get any worse.
Many patients also benefit from outpatient physical therapies that use electricity or heat therapy.
After a surgery due to rheumatic diseases, a therapy can also act as a form of aftercare.
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FAQ - All about rheumatism
Causes of rheumatism - Where does the disease come from?
Does rheumatism only affect older people?
What symptoms indicate rheumatism?
- Painful and stiff joints in the morning (for at least half an hour)
- Sensitive, warm or swollen joints
- Joint pain even at rest (e.g. at night)
- Rheumatic nodules
- Great restrictions on movement
- A general feeling of illness (exhaustion, night sweats, tiredness)