Our pediatric rheumatology specialist is an expert at caring for children with rheumatic disorders of the immune system
Our pediatric rheumatologist is an expert at caring for children with rheumatic disorders of the immune system
A rheumatologist is a medical doctor with specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of systemic connective tissue diseases and inflammatory disorders involving areas of the body such as the joints, muscles and blood vessels.
If your child is complaining of pain in the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, bones and tendons), or is exhibiting symptoms of arthritis or an autoimmune disorder, your pediatrician may recommend a pediatric rheumatologist.
Recognizing that the rheumatic concerns of children are often very different from those of adults, pediatric rheumatologists have been specially trained to treat conditions and illnesses that affect the joints, muscles, bones or other connective tissues in children. They know how to examine and treat children who can’t always communicate what is wrong, and they use equipment and facilities designed to create a comfortable and non-threatening environment for your child.
If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a pediatric rheumatologist, you can be assured that he or she has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and complete training, and the greatest expertise in treating children’s rheumatic disorders.
At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we are pleased to have Katherine Steigerwald, MD, pediatric rheumatologist, on our team.
This specialist works closely with your child’s pediatrician and other specialists to coordinate and implement the best treatment plan for your child’s individual needs. This multidisciplinary team stays in close contact with you and your child throughout the course of his/her treatment, ensuring the highest level of clinical care. Also, our team provides you with important education regarding lifestyle changes you and your child can make to manage his/her rheumatic system disorder.
Pediatric rheumatologists have extensive expertise in treating children with a variety of rheumatic disorders, including:
A pediatric rheumatologist works with a pediatrician or family physician to evaluate and treat a variety of joint, muscle, and bone disorders, including the following:
- Childhood Arthritis
- Juvenile Dermatomyositis
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
- Pain Amplification Syndromes
- Periodic Fever Syndromes
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
If you think your child might have a rheumatic disorder, please discuss with your pediatrician first, then make an appointment with our rheumatology specialist.
To schedule an appointment, please call (516) 472-3700