It's not Just Growing Pains: A Guide to Childhood Muscle, Bone, and Joint Pain, Rheumatic Diseases, and the Latest Treatments

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Introduction

This is not a textbook. It is a guidebook. Like a traveler’s guidebook it will help you find your way in unfamiliar territory. This book provides both the information an intelligent parent of a child with muscle, bone, or joint pain or arthritis needs to make sure his or her child is getting the best care and the information a health professional, unfamiliar with pediatric rheumatology, needs to guide them. My goal is to help you understand what is happening to your child (or the child you care for) and why.

For parents, this book will serve as a guide to help understand the many causes of muscle, bone, and joint pain, to help understand their doctors’ decisions, and to help understand what to expect for their child in the future. This book will give parents the information necessary to ask meaningful questions and properly evaluate the alternative choices available for their child’s care.

For physicians, this book is designed to help in the recognition and care of children who need to be referred to a specialist. Often parents will seek help from their primary physician or other health professionals because they have questions about the specialist’s recommendations. This book provides the information needed to explain these recommendations and help parents understand their choices. It also provides the information necessary to allow health care professionals to ask the specialist meaningful questions.

This is not a textbook of pediatric rheumatology or pediatric orthopedics. It is a guide to the chronic rheumatic and orthopedic conditions of childhood. Like every guidebook, it does not cover everything. I have emphasized the more common conditions and the more important problems. Not

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