A Parent's Guide to Rheumatic Disease in Children by Thomas J.A. Lehman M.D.

By Thomas J.A. Lehman M.D.

For a kid with arthritis or a similar situation, lack of expertise at the a part of the fogeys is without doubt one of the greatest stumbling blocks to restoration. mom and dad don't consistently understand how to interpret the lawsuits voiced via their kids and this is often compounded by way of the inexperience of physicians, who infrequently deal with little ones with those diseases. during this marvelously down-to-earth advisor, Dr. Thomas Lehman--the head of 1 of the best pediatric rheumatology courses within the world--offers a gold mine of professional recommendation that's helpful either for fogeys whose young ones have rheumatic issues and for fogeys of youngsters with lawsuits, ache, or incapacity who're now not getting the solutions they want from their healthcare professional. utilizing basic analogies and illustrative anecdotes to light up hard-to-grasp strategies, Dr. Lehman is helping mom and dad interpret their kid's court cases and to figure out no matter if scientific realization is required. much more very important, the publication explains to oldsters easy methods to persist with via with a doctor and ensure their baby gets the precise assessments, the right kind prognosis, and eventually, the easiest care attainable. The ebook explains to folks what indicators to appear for, what inquiries to ask, and what to anticipate while remedy starts off. It sheds mild on a variety of rheumatic disorders--including Juvenile Arthritis, Lyme affliction, Lupus, Kawasaki sickness, Fibromyalgia, and protracted Fatigue Syndrome--and it addresses such an important subject matters as drug security, the aptitude dangers to little ones posed by way of medicines, medical health insurance difficulties, the trouble of kin existence while a toddler has a prolonged disorder, and lots more and plenty extra. the one booklet in this topic at the moment to be had, A Parent's consultant to Rheumatic illnesses in young children captures the services of a devoted healthcare professional with over thirty years of hands-on event assisting young ones lead basic satisfied lives. it is going to assist you to make sure that your baby achieves the absolute best end result.

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It is easily diagnosed if the appropriate X-rays are taken. It is treated with casting and use of an orthotic device to relieve the pressure placed on that portion of the foot. This condition may occur in other toes but rarely if ever involves the small toe. Children complaining of pain at the base of the toes should be carefully examined for problems in other joints, which may indicate arthritis. Common causes of pain | 37 Heel Pain Direct trauma to the heel is rare. It may occur if the foot is stepped on or if something falls on it.

The excessive stress on the elbow causes the bones to shift out of position, or dislocate. As a result, the child has pain and cannot straighten the arm. Commonly, the dislocated elbow will snap back into place by itself, but if not, an experienced physician can usually snap the elbow back into place by holding the elbow steady and rotating the thumb toward the middle of the body. A physician should evaluate children complaining of continuing elbow pain because there may be an associated fracture or other problems requiring correction.

There are congenital bone problems that affect the neck, such as KlippelFeil syndrome. These are easily diagnosed on X-ray. Other bone problems such as osteoid osteoma (see “Knee Pain”) may occur in the neck with findings identical to when they occur lower in the back. Herniated discs (see “Back Pain”) and infections may also occur in the neck. It is important to recognize that these problems may initially be reported as headaches and not recognized as coming from the neck. While spondyloarthropathies predominantly affect the low back, in some children they cause neck pain.

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