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Juvenile Arthritis Awareness

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness

The month of July recognizes and brings awareness in the health community about juvenile arthritis.  Like adults, arthritis impacts children too.  Juvenile arthritis affects children by inflaming their joints and usually is referred to by arthritis.  According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 300 thousand children under the age of 18 are impacted by juvenile arthritis.  Arthritis can present itself with physical pain, loss of motion, swelling and/or stiffness.  These areas of arthritis are often in a child’s joints, but can also be in muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments.  Diagnosis of juvenile arthritis is done by a doctor or other qualified health care providers and could include a physical exam. Diagnosis can be difficult to make upon first presenting symptoms.  Further testing such as gathering a family history and performing x-rays or bloodwork may also be used.  Treatment for Juvenile arthritis can be a variety of methods but the most important one is for a child to remain physically active. Other forms of treatment could include certain medications.  Help raise awareness about juvenile arthritis this July!

Here’s how you can help raise awareness about juvenile arthritis this July:

  • Talk to your family and friends about juvenile arthritis.
  • If you have any concerns about your child(ren) and their symptoms, consult with a healthcare provider for testing.
  • You can get involved in community events and fundraisers near you.
  • The National Institute of Health can provide you with additional information and printable publications.
  • Post educational information in your healthcare setting.

Click the source below to learn more about juvenile arthritis, current research, and for additional resources: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis#tab-risk

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