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An early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is key to preventing or slowing joint damage and preserving joint function and mobility. The best treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is an individualized approach.

At the Springfield Shriners Hospital, we have on-site access to orthopaedics, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, family services and Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – Northeast, LLC, making it easier to provide the range of care needed.

Even children as young as a 1 year old can develop arthritis, so it is not just a disease of the elderly. Our overall goal is to restore function and allow each child to reach his or her full potential.

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

  • Chronic joint pain
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • Pain amplification disorders
  • Periodic fever syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis 

The medical team

Peter R. Blier, Ph.D., M.D., Pediatric Rheumatologist

To schedule an appointment, call new patient access at 413-735-1234 or 800-322-5905.