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How are rheumatic diseases treated?

Rheumatic diseases are painful. One of the objectives of treatment is to alleviate pain. Therefore, analgesics are commonly used in the management of pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are commonly used for mild to moderate pain. These drugs are used as necessary. They can be used even for life as long as there is pain. Several nonpharmacological pain management techniques also exist. Acupuncture is a common practice in some places as a remedy for pain. Massaging the affected part of the body also helps alleviate pain in some cases. Immobilizing the affected joint helps reduce the pain. Some people also apply heat or cold to the affected area as a remedy for pain.