1Department of Internal Medicine, Gabes Military Hospital, Gabes 6000, Tunisia.2Department of Internal Medicine. Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital, Monastir 5000, Tunisia. 3Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gabes Regional Hospital, Mtorrech 6014, Gabes, Tunisia. 4Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital, Monastir 5000, Tunisia.
*Corresponding author:Salem Bouomrani, Department of Internal Medicine, Tunisia
Submission: September 27, 2019; Published: October 11, 2019
ISSN: 2637-7934Volume2 Issue4
Connective Tissue Disease (CTD) is a heterogeneous group of chronic inflammatory conditions characterized by involvement of conjunctive tissue and a common autoimmune signature. These diseases include systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, systemic sclerosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, mixed CTDs, and undifferentiated CTDs. Cutaneous, articular, muscular, pulmonary and cardiovascular manifestations are among the most frequent during these diseases and often lead to a functional and physical disability that sometimes severely affects the quality of life of these patients. Rehabilitation and physical therapy play a crucial role in the management of patients with CTDs but despite their proven benefits, they are often neglected and represent a challenge for clinicians. This overview focuses on the rehabilitation of cutaneous, musculoskeletal and cardio-pulmonary involvement of CTDs.
Keywords:Connective tissue disease; Rehabilitation; Physical therapy; Physiotherapy