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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.

Read More About Pediatric Rheumatology

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)


Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Pensacola

5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4700

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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What to Bring
  • 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
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

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 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.