With July being National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to show our support for the more than 300,000 U.S. children suffering from the disease. Contrary to popular belief, arthritis affects more than just “old” people. Kids get arthritis too. Childhood arthritis can be overwhelming and isolating for the child and the entire family. That’s why it’s essential that we shine a light on this debilitating disease to show our support for the entire juvenile arthritis community.
What is Juvenile Arthritis?
Used as an umbrella term, juvenile arthritis describes several autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that children and teens may develop. Autoimmune disorders are when the body’s immune system attacks some of its own healthy cells. These various types of disorders may cause swelling, stiffness, joint pain, redness, and warmth.
Juvenile Arthritis Causes
Although doctors are unsure why the immune system attacks healthy tissues, many believe that genetics and environment factors may come into play. Research has shown that poor diet, emotional distress, and lack of physical activity may trigger or worsen arthritis symptoms. Most children with juvenile arthritis can and should take part in exercise and selected sports when their symptoms are under control. Exercise will reduce symptoms, maintain function, and improve range of motion. However, during flare ups, children should limit certain activities to give their joints a break.
Find the Right Doctor for Your Child
Choosing the right physician for your family is important. You want someone you can trust with a wide variety of medical concerns while still treating you like family. At Lakeview Family Medicine, we use advanced technology to help get you and your children healthy. Although there is no known cure for juvenile arthritis, it is possible to relieve pain and inflammation through a combination of medication, physical therapy, and healthy eating.
Help Us Raise Awareness
Our entire team is dedicated to making everyone aware that arthritis affects children as well. Help spread awareness about the 300,000 children nationwide who suffer from JA by sharing your/their story or making a donation!