Many different kinds of health care professionals may be involved in your child’s ongoing care and treatment, depending on the child’s age and specific condition. Among such specialists are pediatricians, physical therapists, psychologists, ophthalmologists, dermatologists and orthopedic surgeons, in addition to others.
Pediatric rheumatologists are specialists who treat juvenile arthritis. They are pediatricians who have a subspecialty in rheumatology.
You can find a listing of pediatric rheumatologists, as well as rheumatologists who treat both adults and children, through the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) online directory. Be sure to select “Pediatrics” in the page’s “Filters” section. Go to the ACR directory.
Due to a shortage of pediatric rheumatologists, who are scarce in some parts of the country, you may be unable to find one locally. In that case, there are other options to consider:
- Check with the Arthritis Foundation office closest to you. We have a JA expert there who will try to help identify a qualified medical professional for your child. Click here for a list of the Foundation’s local offices and JA point persons.
- See if you can find a local rheumatologist who treats arthritis in adults but also has experience treating a significant number of children. Or perhaps a nearby pediatrician has some clinical experience with JA. You'll need to make calls and ask questions. Go to the ACR directory (do not select the “Pediatric” filter).
- Consider visiting a long-distance specialist once or twice a year, getting checkups in between with your local pediatrician, who can consult the pediatric rheumatologist by phone if necessary.
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