Rheumatic disease includes conditions such as arthritis that cause pain, stiffness and swelling in joints or other supportive body structures such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. If your child complains of pain in the joints, muscles or bones, or has other symptoms of arthritis or an autoimmune disorder, a pediatric rheumatologist is uniquely qualified to provide the most thorough and advanced diagnosis and treatment for these often complex and sometimes rare conditions. We offer a one-stop access to the full range of other pediatric subspecialty expertise that is often required in treating systemic rheumatic disease, providing carefully coordinated, multidisciplinary care in one convenient, close-to-home location.
Through our affiliation with Rheumatology Associates, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) offers rheumatology care for children from the only fellowship-trained pediatric rheumatologist in Maine. This is important because research shows that children with rheumatic disease have better outcomes when treated by a rheumatologist with this advanced pediatric subspecialty training.
We see the full range of both common and rare rheumatic disorders in children, including: