Rheumatology in Children
A pediatric rheumatologist can treat children suffering from chronic inflammation, lupus, other autoimmune conditions and arthritis.
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Common conditions treated include:
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
- Vasculitis and many other connective tissue disorders
By working closely with families and providing education about the condition, pediatric rheumatologists can empower parents to manage their child's health and well-being better.
Early diagnosis can prevent long-term joint damage, reduce the need for more aggressive treatments later, and improve the overall quality of life for children with these conditions.
Specialized pediatric care can help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress of navigating a chronic illness as a child or teenager.
Rheumatology Pediatrics deals with medical issues related to the musculoskeletal system. This includes bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissue disorders such as tendons and ligaments.
What to Expect
When you visit a rheumatology pediatrician, you can expect to see a variety of specialists.
The specialist can include:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Nurse practitioners
- Social workers
Depending on your child's diagnosis or medical concern, an individualized team of experts may be developed to address their needs.
You can expect the specialist to perform a physical exam and review your child’s medical history during the visit.
They may also order laboratory tests, imaging studies, or other diagnostic procedures.
The specialist will also develop an individualized plan of care for your child that may involve medications and lifestyle modifications.
After a Rheumatology Pediatric Visit
After the initial visit, follow-up appointments will be necessary to monitor progress and assess any changes or concerns.
With the help of a pediatric rheumatology specialist:
- You can better understand your child’s specific condition
- Get access to treatment resources
- Develop an appropriate plan of care
Additionally, the specialist will likely provide education about the condition and how you can help your child.
They may also refer you to additional resources or support groups that can provide extra assistance and understanding.