Advanced Care for Pediatric Rheumatic Conditions


Rheumatology refers to inflammatory diseases that affect muscles, joints and connective tissues. These conditions often start with bone and joint pain. Often, a problem with the body's immune system causes it to attack its own cells. That is why many rheumatic conditions are called autoimmune. The pediatric rheumatology specialists at Arkansas Children's are specially trained to care for children with conditions more often associated with adults.

If your child has pediatric arthritis or another connective tissue disease, you may be worried about how to ease your child’s pain.

Check Symptoms

We treat many children with pediatric arthritis as well as children with a wide range of common and rare rheumatic conditions. At Arkansas Children's, our pediatric rheumatology doctors are experts in diagnosing and treating these conditions.

Our pediatric specialists at Arkansas Children’s provide advanced care for many conditions affecting children of all ages, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Lupus

Possible Conditions

Meet the Team

The expert rheumatology doctors, nurses and physical therapists at Arkansas Children's are highly trained to treat a wide range of pediatric arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Our team provides your child with the most advanced treatment and is here to answer your questions.


Possible Treatments


Our team provides the most advanced care and many of our doctors, nurses and staff are actively involved in research to improve care outcomes and find new treatments for these often difficult-to-manage conditions.

Possible treatments include:

  • Reducing and controlling symptoms using medicines such as steroids, anti-inflammatories or immunosuppressives
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Physical therapy
The pediatric rheumatology team at Arkansas Children's is actively involved in research to find the best treatments for pediatric arthritis and other autoimmune inflammatory conditions. Our doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other staff take part in local, national and global investigations of new and existing treatments. This means your child has access to the most advanced care available, including the opportunity to participate in clinical trials when appropriate.

Industry-Sponsored Studies

Investigator-Initiated Studies

These research studies were started by faculty members and doctors at Arkansas Children’s.

  • Retrospective study on juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) patients and risk of infections with biological medications. Approved in Sept 2016.
  • Examination of the immunological profile of Sjogren's Syndrome patients. This is a collaborative study with the University of Florida at Gainesville. Approved in August 216. Recruiting patients.

Educational Resources

Use these resources to learn more about pediatric arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.


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