In growing children, injuries and medical problems in the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints (i.e., musculoskeletal conditions) are often quite different from conditions more commonly seen in older patients.
Paediatric rheumatologists are paediatricians who have completed an additional 3 years of specialised training in paediatric rheumatic conditions. They are specialised in the diagnosis and care of inflammatory conditions of the musculoskeletal system as well as conditions of auto-immune mediated multi-system inflammation. They also receive specific training in the management of mechanical and non-inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions including sports related injuries.
Conditions managed by paediatric rheumatologist include:
Early referral, diagnosis and treatment of many of these conditions can prevent long-term pain and disability and can help to ensure that children with these conditions are able to participate freely along with their peers in the full range of school, social and sporting activities essential to the development of all children.