Joint or muscle pain can slow down your child or teenager. UNM Health System's board-certified pediatric rheumatologist – the only one in New Mexico – cares for the joints, soft tissues and connective tissues of your loved one up to 18 years old, so he or she can live life to the fullest.
Conditions We Treat
Find a diagnosis and treatment at UNM Health System's pediatric rheumatology clinic for rheumatic conditions such as:
- Henoch-Schoenlein purpura – Inflammation and bleeding in small blood vessels.
- Juvenile dermatomyositis and polymyositis – Inflammation of the muscles and/or skin.
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis – Pain due to the immune system attacking the joints.
- Lupus – Pain and tissue damage resulting from the immune system attacking the internal organs, skin, joints and mucous membranes.
- Periodic fever syndrome – Recurring fever with inflammation, but no infection.
- Reactive arthritis – Inflammation of the joints caused by bacterial infection in another part of the body.
- Vasculitis – Inflammation of the blood vessels.
- Viral arthritis – Swelling and irritation of the joints from a viral infection.
Treatments for Rheumatic Conditions
Untreated rheumatic diseases can affect a child's growth and development. Rely on UNM Health System to treat and manage your child's symptoms with services such as:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Immunosuppressive drugs
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Psychosocial support
We'll monitor your child's treatment and side effects to help achieve the best possible long-term outcome.
Pediatric Infusion Unit
If your child needs infusion (IV) therapy for more than an hour at a time, he or she will receive it in the family-friendly pediatric infusion unit at UNM Children's Hospital. Nurses trained in pediatric infusion therapy will provide specialized care, and child life specialists will help him or her feel comfortable. Children can watch TV, movies or play video games.
For more information, call 505-272-6065.
Multidisciplinary Approach to Care
In addition to a pediatric rheumatologist, your child may work with professionals such as social workers, behavioral health care providers and physician specialists in allergy and immunology or other areas. Trust us for well-rounded care that addresses all your loved one's needs.
Make an Appointment
To request an appointment with a pediatric rheumatologist at UNM Health System, call 505-272-8966. Ask your pediatrician for a referral before you call.