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National Health Observances

Points To Remember About Juvenile Arthritis

·         Juvenile arthritis is the term used to describe arthritis, or inflammation of the joints, in children.


·         The most common symptoms of juvenile arthritis are joint swelling, pain, and stiffness that don’t go away.


·         Juvenile arthritis is usually an autoimmune disorder. In an autoimmune disorder, the immune system attacks some of the body’s own healthy cells and tissues.


·         To diagnose juvenile arthritis, a doctor may perform a physical exam, ask about family health history, and order lab or blood tests, and x-rays.


·         Juvenile arthritis can make it hard to take part in social and after-school activities, and it can make schoolwork more difficult. But all family members can help the child both physically and emotionally.


·         Exercise is key to reducing the symptoms of arthritis and maintaining range of motion of the joints.


·         Inflammation inside of the eye and growth problems may also occur with juvenile arthritis.