The Rheumatology team is an interdisciplinary team consisting of pediatric rheumatologists, nurses in clinic and the Medical Day Unit, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, a research coordinator and a booking clerk.
The pediatric rheumatologist is a pediatrician who examines, diagnoses and treats bone and joint disorders in children and youth, having special knowledge and training in managing diseases of inflammation.
The rheumatology clinic nurse is responsible for coordinating patient care, as well as teaching, relating to disease, medications and healthy lifestyle issues. The nurse is available to provide telephone support to patients and families when needed.
The physiotherapist designs a suitable exercise program for your child that assists in maintaining and improving joint movement, muscle strength and active living. The physiotherapist helps modify the exercise program to meet your child’s needs and better manage the arthritis.
The occupational therapist assists your child with the demands of daily living, school and play. An occupational therapist can show your child how to perform ordinary tasks and activities with ease of movement to help minimize pain and discomfort. This may include suggesting devices (such as modified pencils and splints) to make things more comfortable for your child.
The social worker is involved in the emotional or practical problems related to your child’s condition, such as coping and adjustment, behavior, family therapy and support groups for families. This may include advocacy and helping to meet the challenges, including financial, of living with a chronic condition.
The research coordinator organizes research activities, and helps families who are involved in research study visits. Patients who meet criteria will be invited to voluntarily participate in research projects in an effort to allow us to learn more about many areas affecting children and youth with rheumatic diseases.
The booking clerk will schedule your child’s appointment with the rheumatologist and other team members. With advance notice, every effort will be made to co-ordinate the visit with your child’s other appointments.