Nemours offers pediatric rheumatology care because while joint pain can be normal for a child who is growing or active in sports, continuous pain is not. Your child may be referred to a pediatric rheumatologist for a variety of complaints, including swollen joints, muscle pain, fatigue, an unusual rash, or fever. Our pediatric rheumatology experts diagnose and treat conditions that cause pain, swelling and limited movement, so your child can get back to being active.
Nemours pediatric rheumatology experts know that rheumatic diseases affect the supporting body structures, such as bones, ligaments, and tendons, too. However, because rheumatic diseases can also affect other areas of the body, including internal organs, connective tissues, and the body's immune system, our pediatric rheumatologists collaborate with the other pediatric medical experts at Nemours.
Pediatric Rheumatology Conditions We Treat
- juvenile idiopathic arthritis (formerly called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
- systemic lupus erythematosus (or SLE, a chronic inflammation of joints, tendons, and some internal organs)
- Lyme disease (an infection caused by the deer tick)
- vasculitic disorders (inflammation of the blood vessels)
- scleroderma (a disease that affects joints, skin, and internal organs)
- benign hypermobility syndrome (very loose joints that cause joint pain)
- dermatomyositis (a disease that leads to progressive muscle damage and chronic skin changes)
- rheumatic fever (a disease that may develop after a strep infection)
- sarcoidosis (an inflammatory disease where small, rounded growths invade different parts of the body)