Story by: Kim Huston on August 7, 2019
Rheumatologists diagnose and treat autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that affect muscles, joints and connective tissues. These conditions in children are called by a broad term known as pediatric rheumatic diseases. A well-known pediatric rheumatic disease is juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, pediatric rheumatic diseases affect nearly 300,000 children in the United States. While many of these conditions also affect adults, special care is needed to treat children with these diseases. A pediatric rheumatologist has the training and experience to diagnose and care for these conditions in children.
The rheumatology specialists with Norton Children’s are the only board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric rheumatologists available to care for children with rheumatic diseases in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
Pediatric rheumatologists evaluate, diagnose and treat conditions such as:
Each pediatric rheumatic disease has its own set of signs and symptoms. The most crucial step in getting care for a rheumatic condition is a correct diagnosis. If your child shows signs of a pediatric rheumatic disease, talk to your pediatrician about whether seeing a rheumatologist is right for your child.
Symptoms and concerns that may indicate the need to see a rheumatologist include:
Norton Children’s has the experience to provide comprehensive care for the full spectrum of pediatric rheumatic diseases.
Rheumatic diseases can affect each child differently. A child can experience many symptoms or just a few. Some children experience symptoms for several months, while others may have symptoms only for a few days.