Physiotherapy is vital in the treatment of many rheumatological disorders, of which there are about 200. Rheumatoid arthritis is probably the best known.

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This painful disease is three times more common in women than men, and afflicts all races equally. It can begin at any age and even affects children, but it most often starts between the ages of 40 and 60.

Therapy is designed to reduce pain and maintain flexibility.

Treatment may include exercise therapy, manual therapy, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy.