Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States! Today is the first ever World Juvenile Arthritis Day and we are raising awareness of this disease that affects just not the child, but often throws an entire family into crisis.
Find a JA camp at: https://www.arthritis.org/get-involved/juvenile-arthritis-camps/
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What is Juvenile Arthritis?
Juvenile arthritis (JA) is not a disease in itself. Also known as a pediatric rheumatic disease, JA is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases that can develop in children under the age of 16. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States.
Although the various types of juvenile arthritis share many common symptoms, like pain, joint swelling, redness and warmth, each type of JA is distinct and has its own special concerns and symptoms. Some types of juvenile arthritis affect the musculoskeletal system, but joint symptoms may be minor or nonexistent. Juvenile arthritis can also involve the eyes, skin, muscles and gastrointestinal tract.
Types of Juvenile Arthritis
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Considered the most common form of arthritis, JIA includes six subtypes. Juvenile lupus, Juvenile scleroderma, Fibromyalgia
Juvenile Arthritis Causes
No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of juvenile arthritis, nor is there evidence to suggest that toxins, foods or allergies cause children to develop JA. Some research points toward a genetic predisposition to juvenile arthritis, which means the combination of genes a child receives from his or her parents may cause the onset of JA when triggered by other factors.
Juvenile Arthritis Symptoms
You can read more specifics about the diseases by visiting the Arthritis Foundation’s website dedicated to pediatric rheumatic diseases, KidsGetArthritisToo.
Juvenile Arthritis Diagnosis
The most important step in properly treating juvenile arthritis is getting an accurate diagnosis. The diagnostic process can be long and detailed. There is no single blood test that confirms any type of JA. In children, the key to diagnosis is a careful physical exam, along with a thorough medical history. Any specific tests a doctor may perform will depend upon the type of JA suspected.
Juvenile Arthritis Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no cure for juvenile arthritis, although with early diagnosis and aggressive treatment, remission is possible. The goal of treatment is to relieve inflammation, control pain and improve the child’s quality of life. Most treatment plans involve a combination of medication, physical activity, eye care and healthy eating.
Juvenile Arthritis Self Care
An important part of JA treatment is teaching the child the importance of how to follow the treatment prescribed by the healthcare team. Self care also involves helping the child address the emotional and social effects of the disease. Self management encompasses the choices made each day to live well and stay healthy and happy.
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Section 4: Juvenile Arthritis: https://www.arthritis.org/Documents/Sections/About-Arthritis/arthritis-facts-stats-figures.pdf
Address Shortage of Pediatric Rheumatologists: https://www.arthritis.org/advocate/our-policy-priorities/access-to-care/increase-access-to-pediatric-rheumatologists/
6 facts about Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: https://www.thechildren.com/health-info/conditions-and-illnesses/6-facts-about-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile chronic arthritis): https://www.myvmc.com/diseases/juvenile-rheumatoid-arthritis-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-juvenile-chronic-arthritis/