A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating arthritis and other rheumatic diseases that may affect joints, muscles, bones, skin, and other tissues.
We don’t usually think of children when we think about conditions such as arthritis. But in fact, pediatric rheumatic diseases affect nearly 300,000 children in the United States.
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Network’s Rheumatology Services is one of only a few pediatric rheumatology clinics in the state.
How We Help
We treat children for a wide range of childhood inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), lupus, blood vessel inflammation and Kawasaki Disease.
Rheumatic diseases may cause pain, stiffness and swelling in your child’s joints and as well as in muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Rheumatic diseases can also affect other areas of the body, including internal organs. Some rheumatic diseases affect connective tissues (called connective tissue diseases), while others may be caused by autoimmune disorders — diseases where the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells and tissues.
We work to provide your child with the earliest possible diagnosis and to create the best care plan for your child’s needs. Getting your child back to health and activity is always our goal.
Make an Appointment
A doctor's referral is required to schedule an appointment with Mary Bridge Rheumatology services. Once your child's doctor makes their referral, you can schedule an appointment by calling 253-403-0077.