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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities

2025 East River Pkwy. Minneapolis, MN 55414

Minneapolis, MN


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Rheumatology Clinic

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities provides a rheumatology clinic to address the needs of children with conditions affecting their joints or soft tissues such as autoimmune diseases and connective tissue disorders. The most commonly seen condition in the rheumatology clinic is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).

In addition to treating JIA, the rheumatology clinic at the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital also evaluates and treats patients with:

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is an autoimmune disease that refers to chronic joint, swelling or stiffness in a child under 16 that lasts at least six weeks with no other cause. An early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of JIA is key to preventing or slowing joint damage and preserving joint function and mobility. The best treatment for JIA is an individualized approach. At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities, we have on-site access to orthopaedics, pediatric rheumatology, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, care management and Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (POPS) – Midwest, LLC, making it easier to provide the range of care needed.

Children can be diagnosed with arthritis from a very early age through history and physical, directed laboratory testing and imaging. Our overall goal is to restore function and allow each child to reach his or her full potential. Treatment may include medical management, physical and occupational therapy. Surgery may be necessary for very severe cases only.

Types of juvenile idiopathic arthritis

There are many categories of JIA. However, the three most common types are oligoarticular, polyarticular and systemic.

Signs of JIA

Joint inflammation is a common sign or symptom of arthritis. Although symptoms of JIA vary depending on type and level of severity, warning signs from your child can include:

As with other forms of arthritis, symptoms of JIA can at times get worse (during flare-ups) or disappear (during remission). Every child experiences JIA differently. Some children might have only one or two flare-ups in their entire lives. Others might experience many flare-ups, or even have permanent symptoms.

Who your child may see in this clinic:

Thomas G. Mason, M.D., Pediatric Rheumatologist

To schedule an appointment, call new patient intake at 612-596-6105.