Pediatric Rheumatology

Rheumatic diseases may cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints and other supporting body structures, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Arthritis, itself a group of more than 100 different diseases, is one category of rheumatic diseases. However, rheumatic diseases can affect other areas of the body, including internal organs. Some rheumatic diseases involve connective tissues (called connective tissue diseases), while others may be caused by autoimmune disorders, which are diseases involving the body’s immune system attacking its own healthy cells and tissues.

A rheumatologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases that may affect joints, muscles, bones, skin, and other tissues. Rheumatologists are specially trained to identify many types of rheumatic diseases in their earliest stages, including arthritis, many types of autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain, disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and osteoporosis. CHOC Rheumatology specialists are committed to the early intervention necessary to maximize quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases.

CHOC pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Shulman with patient

Health Feature: Understanding Chronic Pain

In this segment of American Health Journal, Dr. Andrew Shulman, Rheumatology Medical Director at CHOC Children’s, helps us understand chronic pain, a condition where a patient’s sensitivity to pain is abnormal.

Conditions We Treat

 

  • Autoinflammatory/periodic fever syndromes
  • Chronic iritis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dysautonomia syndromes
  • Hypermobility-associated musculoskeletal pain
  • Iridocyclitis

  • Juvenile ankylosing spondylitis (JAS)
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Pain amplification syndrome and related pain syndromes
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Vasculitis (including ANCA-associated)

From Rheumatology Experts

Mackenzie at the beach
Meet CHOC patient Mackenzie, a 6-year-old with oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, who loves swimming and ballet.

Father and daughter cooking
CHOC rheumatologist Dr. Andrew Shulman explains what growing pains are-- and they're not related to growth.

Mother and son talking
Arthritis shouldn't put childhood on pause. At CHOC, we want kids to just be kids.

CHOC patient Carson
After months of unexplained pain, a CHOC rheumatologist offered clarity on Carson's condition.

Rheumatology Locations

Map showing location of CHOC Children’s Specialty Center, Newport Beach

CHOC Children’s Specialty Center, Newport Beach

500 Superior Avenue - Suite 140 | Newport Beach, CA 92663

Map showing location of CHOC Children's Health Center Corona

CHOC Children’s Health Center, Corona

854 Magnolia Ave - #101 | Corona, CA 92879

Map showing location of CHOC Children's Health Center Mission Viejo

CHOC Children’s Health Center, Mission Viejo

26691 Plaza, Suite 130 | Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Exterior view of CHOC Orange Clinic

CHOC Children’s Clinic – Specialty Care

Building: CHOC Clinic | 1201 W. La Veta Ave. | Orange, CA 92868 | 888-770-2462