Did You Know? The most prevalent form of JA peaks between 2 and 3 years of age.
Children Are Not Just Small Adults. Their Bodies Are Growing and Have Unique Medical Needs.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is a term used to describe a group of long-lasting, chronic, inflammatory diseases that affect children ages 6 months to 16 years old. It is estimated that more than 300,000 children in the United States are living with some form of JA.
Once diagnosed, it is important that the child begin seeing a rheumatologist. Please read the following guide to learn more about this medical specialty and the conditions they treat.
01 | Why a Pediatric Rheumatologist?
There are several reasons for children to see a pediatric rheumatologist, as opposed to an adult rheumatologist:
02 | Pediatric Rheumatic Conditions
A pediatric rheumatologist evaluates and treats a variety of joint, muscle and bone disorders, including:
03 | When to See a Pediatric Rheumatologist
If your child complains of joint, muscle, bone or tendon pain for which your child’s primary care physician or pediatrician cannot diagnose, they will likely refer the patient to a pediatric rheumatologist for further testing and evaluation.
To find a pediatric rheumatologist in your area, please visit: https://www.rheumatology.org/Directories/Find-a-Rheumatologist