Pediatric Rheumatology

If your child complains of pain related to their joints, muscles or bones, they may be referred to a pediatric rheumatologist at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. These specially trained doctors evaluate and relieve discomfort that is related to rheumatic diseases or autoimmune disorders.

Pediatric rheumatologists have completed medical school, plus a three-year pediatric training program. They then continue their training with an additional three years becoming experts on conditions that affect kids’ joints, muscles, bones and connective tissues. They must pass a comprehensive exam to demonstrate their expertise.

The specialized training pediatric rheumatologists receive is important because children have unique medical needs and symptoms that differ from adults.

Types of musculoskeletal pain your child may experience

Pediatric rheumatologists with Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital have the expertise to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Autoimmune disorders like juvenile arthritis, lupus or Kawasaki disease
  • Inflammatory disorders of joints, muscles or eyes
  • Extended, unexplained fevers
  • Muscle pain, loss of appetite and fatigue

Diagnosing muscle, bone or joint pain

Pediatric rheumatologists take great care to evaluate and diagnose the underlying cause of your child’s condition or pain. The most important diagnostic tools a pediatric rheumatologist has are the child’s medical history and a physical examination. In some cases, a blood test may be needed to confirm a diagnosis.

Treating rheumatoid diseases in children

No cures exist for pediatric rheumatic diseases, but we offer treatments that provide long-term relief from inflammation and pain.

Our specialists will start with the least aggressive treatment approach that is likely to provide relief. These may include:

  • Medicines to reduce pain or inflammation
  • Disease-modifying drugs, which address the body’s reaction to the condition and prevent joint damage
  • Physical therapy to keep the muscles active
  • Dietary changes to support total wellness

In rare cases, we may refer you to a surgeon who can repair or replace a joint or remove inflamed tissue.

Team approach to care for bone, muscle or joint pain

Depending on your child’s condition, pediatric rheumatologists may collaborate with other specialists. We work with:

We may also involve social workers, psychiatrists or nutritionists to care for your child’s total well-being.

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