Claire’s Story

Claire's troubling and recurrent symptoms led her family to UNC, where specialists identified a rare autoimmune disease.

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Rheumatology care.

Pediatric Rheumatology

Occasional “growing pains” are a normal part of childhood. But persistent pain in your child’s joints could indicate a more serious condition.

UNC Children’s pediatric rheumatology specialists have the experience and expertise to diagnose and care for kids with arthritis and other complex rheumatic diseases affecting their joints, muscles, bones, or organs.

Conditions We Treat

Get comprehensive testing and treatment for pediatric rheumatologic and autoimmune disorders, including:

  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) – Chronically inflamed joints
  • Scleroderma – Abnormal growth of connective tissue, the material that gives tissue its shape and help keep it strong
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus – Inflamed joints, skin, or organs caused by an overactive immune system
  • Vasculitis – Inflamed blood vessels
  • Childhood allergic diseases
  • And more

Treatments & Services

We Offer Your UNC Children’s care team will work with you to create a personalized care plan for your child. Depending on his or her specific condition, it might include:

  • Joint injections – Injects anti-inflammatory medication to a joint to relieve pain and stiffness
  • Joint aspirations – Removes fluid from a joint to provide pain relief and improve movement
  • Anti-inflammatory medications – Reduces inflammation and relief pain
  • Occupational therapy – Uses exercises and/or adaptive equipment to help kids perform day-to-day activities
  • Physical therapy – Uses exercises to regain strength and range of motion

Care Close to Home

Find pediatric rheumatology care close to home. We offer expert care at two convenient locations in the Triangle:

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a physician’s referral for most pediatric rheumatology care. For more information, talk to your doctor or call us at 984-974-1401.