Pediatric Rheumatology at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Joint Pain Treatment for Children
Many people think of joint pain as a problem that only impacts the elderly,
but conditions like arthritis and lupus are known to affect children too.
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s Rheumatology Clinic provides
high quality treatment for joint pains and autoimmune diseases that manifest
Pediatric rheumatologists are difficult to come by in certain parts of
the country. We are proud to provide this valuable medical service from
a skilled physician close to home in Knoxville, TN.
Brett Smith, DO is our hospital’s rheumatologist. You can reach him for questions
at (865) 541-8830.
Does My Child Need to See a Rheumatologist?
A physician will usually refer you to a rheumatologist if they believe
your child has a condition that could benefit from their services. Rheumatologists
often work with your primary care provider to coordinate the best treatment
for patients. Together, they develop a plan that will help the child completely
recover or manage the condition so that it stops interfering with their
Conditions commonly treated by pediatric rheumatologists include:
Lupus – A chronic condition where the body’s immune system begins attacking
healthy tissues. Symptoms vary depending on how the condition manifests.
If your child has a consistent health problem despite regular treatment,
you may want to have them checked for lupus.
Juvenile Arthritis – This is the term used to describe arthritis diagnosed in children. Symptoms
include a high fever, regular pain in the arms or legs, and swelling of
lymph nodes in the neck.
Scleroderma – Also called system sclerosis, this is an autoimmune disease where the skin
and blood vessels thicken when scar tissue spontaneously starts to form.
Check your child for hard patches of skin shaped like lines or circles.
Your child may also be more susceptible to cold and their fingers and
toes might numb more easily.
These are just a few of the conditions our rheumatologist can help you
manage. If you believe your child is suffering from joint problems or
an autoimmune disease, ask them about getting a referral to a rheumatologist.