Rheumatology

rheumatologyIf your child is suffering from chronic inflammation or pain in muscles, joints or fibrous tissue, your physician may refer you to a pediatric rheumatologist.

A pediatric rheumatologist is a certified pediatrician who has three or more additional years of advanced training in conditions of the musculoskeletal system. At pediatric rheumatology, we evaluate, diagnose and treat children with conditions such as:
  • Chronic joint pain and swelling
  • Lupus and lupus-like rashes
  • Muscle weakness with rash or calcinosis
  • Scleroderma, including linear scleroderma, morphea and systemic sclerosis
  • Connective tissue diseases 
  • Other inflammatory conditions 
Developing treatment programs unique to each child’s needs

Conditions such as these can affect the physical, psychological, social and intellectual development of a child. For that reason, a team of highly trained healthcare professionals is available to provide a treatment program individualized to each patient.

This program considers age, disease activity and affected joints. The goals of treatment include relief from pain and other symptoms, prevention of joint deformity, and normalization of the child's growth and daily activities. In our family-centered program, we teach self-care and encourage parental involvement in the care of each child.

Our director is board-certified in pediatric rheumatology and has 30 years of experience treating children with childhood forms of arthritis. She is an active member of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance of North America, or CARRA, is coauthor of The Textbook of Pediatric Rheumatology, as well the author of numerous peer-reviewed pediatric rheumatology publications.

Our staff works closely with referring physicians throughout the state of Kansas and neighboring states. We offer a number of clinic locations to provide families convenient access to pediatric rheumatology care.