Children's Health

Pediatric Rheumatology & Immunology

New Patients

We usually can see new patients within 2-3 weeks; however, your referring physician can contact us for urgent requests.

Schedule an Appointment:


For New Patients Visits Please:

  • Send or bring a referral to your clinic. Please also include records such as clinic notes, lab tests and radiology results from your referring physician.     
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. You will be asked to fill out a four page history form.
  • We ask patients to bring shorts and short sleeved shirts as it’s easier to examine joints.
  • Bring all your child’s medications with you to clinic
  • Consultation visits usually last one hour. During a consult, your physician will go through patient history form, referral notes and any lab tests that were performed.  One out of every five consultations ends up having a diagnosis of rheumatology problems.

Treatment modalities include medical management, joint injections with sedation, intravenous therapies, physical and occupational therapies, and psychosocial support.

Procedures such as ‘Intra-articular joint Injections’ are given to established patients to treat juvenile arthritis. These procedures are usually performed for patients in the ‘Follow-up’ clinics.

The goal of an intra-articular steroid injection is to improve joint function and reduce inflammation.   Child would be in for two hours. The injection is given through general anesthesia to minimize trauma. This is usually done by Rapid Treatment Unit’s Anesthesia service located (RTU) at Primary Children’ Medical Center.  Side effects are unlikely. Occasionally, the joint is worse for the first 24 hours after the injection.  After that the joint normally settles.

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