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)
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- photo ID
- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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Our team of pediatric rheumatology experts provide comprehensive care for children with arthritis and a wide range of related disorders.
What to Expect at Your Pediatric Rheumatology Visit
Your child’s initial pediatric rheumatology visit will include a complete medical and family history and a comprehensive physical exam. Based on our findings, we will likely order specific tests to help us make a diagnosis.
Tests may include blood work, X-rays, nuclear imaging tests, CAT scans or MRIs. An Arthroscopy (a procedure that allows doctors to evaluate a joint by inserting a small scope into it) may be considered as well.
Our highly trained and experienced pediatric rheumatologists, fellows in training, nurse practitioners and other specialized staff work closely with experts from other specialty areas to provide the best long-term management plan for your child, including:
- infectious diseases
- therapy and rehabilitation
- ophthalmology (eye care)
- gastroenterology (digestive health)
- hematology/oncology (blood and cancer care)
- nephrology (kidney health)
- behavioral health
This care is coordinated through the use of an electronic medical record, which allows all consulting doctors to have access to the latest information about your child’s medical care, test results and plans for management.
Our pediatric rheumatology experts' commitment to collaboration also extends to you, your child and your primary care doctor. We provide excellent patient education and family counseling, as well as thorough communication with your child’s pediatrician, to ensure that your child receives the best possible continuity of care.