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 comparable situation, lack of information at the a part of the fogeys is without doubt one of the greatest stumbling blocks to restoration. mom and dad don't constantly know the way to interpret the lawsuits voiced via their young ones and this can be compounded by means of the inexperience of physicians, who hardly ever deal with little ones with those diseases. during this marvelously down-to-earth advisor, Dr. Thomas Lehman--the head of 1 of the prime pediatric rheumatology courses within the world--offers a gold mine of specialist suggestion that's worthwhile either for folks whose kids have rheumatic problems and for folks of kids with proceedings, pain, or incapacity who're no longer getting the solutions they wish from their health professional. utilizing easy analogies and illustrative anecdotes to light up hard-to-grasp innovations, Dr. Lehman is helping mom and dad interpret their kid's court cases and to figure out even if clinical cognizance is required. much more vital, the publication explains to oldsters how you can persist with via with a doctor and ensure their baby gets the best assessments, the right kind analysis, and finally, the easiest care attainable. The e-book explains to folks what indicators to seem for, what inquiries to ask, and what to anticipate whilst remedy starts off. It sheds mild on quite a lot of rheumatic disorders--including Juvenile Arthritis, Lyme illness, Lupus, Kawasaki illness, Fibromyalgia, and protracted Fatigue Syndrome--and it addresses such the most important issues as drug protection, the capability dangers to young ones posed by means of drugs, medical health insurance difficulties, the trouble of kinfolk existence while a baby has a protracted sickness, and lots more and plenty extra. the one booklet in this topic presently on hand, A Parent's consultant to Rheumatic illnesses in youngsters captures the services of a devoted health professional with over thirty years of hands-on event supporting young children lead common chuffed lives. it is going to assist you to make sure that your baby achieves the absolute best consequence.

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In severe cases the child may appear to have a hunchback. Some children have postural kyphosis. This is usually a mild increase in the forward bend of the spine, leading to the appearance that they are always slumping over. These children often have no abnormal findings on X-ray. However, all children with this type of spinal curvature need to be investigated by an orthopedist with appropriate X-rays to find out why they have kyphosis. For children without significant abnormality, a program of exercises is often adequate.

This curvature often results in one shoulder appearing higher than the other or the hips appearing uneven. Since the curvature occurs with growth, it is rare for scoliosis to become evident before the age of ten years. Once detected, it should be carefully evaluated and followed. Many children have only mild curvatures and require no treatment, but others have progressive disease requiring bracing and, less frequently, surgery. Scoliosis is usually painless and detected only on examination. Pain suggests that the scoliosis has been present for a prolonged period with secondary mechanical problems.

All children with pes cavus should be carefully examined by an orthopedic specialist. Surgery to correct the deformity may be necessary. Arthritis involving the subtalar joint may occur as a complication of many different forms of childhood arthritis. (The talus is the major bone in the foot where it connects to the leg at the ankle joint. ) Because the subtalar joint is responsible for twisting movements of the foot, children with arthritis of the subtalar joint experience pain and difficulty walking on uneven surfaces.

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