Soft-tissue (non-articular) rheumatism

Part of the Problems in Practice Series book series (PRIP, volume 4)


Arthritis is the name given to diseases of joints and their attached structures. Rheumatic pain arising in tissues other than the joints is called soft tissue or non-articular rheumatism. At the same time it should be remembered that inflammation of a tendon (tenosynovitis) well away from a joint may be the first sign of rheumatoid arthritis, that is, arthritis may start with non-articular symptoms. Pain apparently arising in the soft tissues may in fact be referred from elsewhere (usually the spine). Generalized soft-tissue rheumatism (occurring in many areas at once) is a well-known feature of certain systemic illnesses. Non-articular rheumatism may also be a manifestation of certain psychological disturbances.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Triamcinolone Acetonide Tender Point Tendon Sheath 
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© D. N. Golding 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princess Alexandra HospitalHarlow, EssexEngland
  2. 2.East Herts/West Essex HospitalsEngland

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