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Rheumatic diseases are conditions that affect the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Many of these are caused by autoimmune disorders, which involve malfunctions of the body’s immune system. These conditions can make it hard to enjoy the activities you love without treatment.
At the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology (CEAR), you’ll get the care you need from our team of rheumatology experts. We’ve been caring for patients with rheumatic diseases since 1990, when the Louisiana State Legislature established CEAR to develop and expand clinical treatment and research related to these conditions. Since that time, we’ve become one of the country’s leading rheumatology programs.
Research has shown that one out of 250 children in the United States has pediatric arthritis or some other form of rheumatic disease. If your child or teen has a rheumatic condition, we’re here to help.
We treat children and teens with rheumatic diseases at our Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic, located in the Ambulatory Care Center in Shreveport. This is one of only two clinics in Louisiana dedicated to the care of pediatric patients with rheumatic diseases and the only one in northwest Louisiana.
Various forms of arthritis are some of the most common forms of rheumatic conditions we treat in our patients. These include:
In addition, we treat other rheumatic conditions that are not related to arthritis, such as:
We’ll work to identify what rheumatic disease you may have after a thorough examination and testing process. Once we’ve identified your condition, you’ll work closely with your rheumatology care team on a treatment plan that is customized for you and your unique needs. Your treatment plan may include: