Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Everything You Need To Know And More

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Everything You Need To Know And More


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formerly called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis juvenile arthritis is only
described in children under the age of 16 only in the last 10 years has the
word rheumatoid dropped from the name this was done as it was essentially a
misnomer juvenile arthritis is not a disease process similar to rheumatoid
arthritis but different juvenile arthritis also has several other names
such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis juvenile chronic arthritis and childhood
arthritis and just as the generic term arthritis refers to over 100 different
medical conditions juvenile arthritis is actually a collection of three different
diseases that are arthritic in nature one of these three disease conditions
included under the umbrella term of juvenile arthritis will affect one in
every 1,000 children in the United States these children often suffer from
pain stiffness and swelling that will last longer than six weeks and cannot be
attributed to an injury or any other illness in some cases juvenile arthritis
will initially present after an injury but researchers have found that these
injuries are not the cause only the trigger and while researchers are aware
of some of the instances which trigger the onset of juvenile arthritis they
have not found a definitive cause presently researchers believe that there
are no genetic factors for juvenile arthritis since it does not run in
families and it doesn’t appear that mothers pass it to their children how
the disease will progress appears to be well known but the why continues to be a
mystery because a definitive cause cannot be identified this also does not
allow researchers or physicians to identify a single symptom or test that
will diagnose juvenile arthritis a preventative measure to stop it from
developing or a curative treatment protocol in terms of diagnosis
physicians will use a combination of blood tests and x-rays to rule out other
diseases such as rheumatic fever they also use these tests to gauge the extent
of the disease which helps them to more accurately plan the treatment protocol
the most qualified specialists to treat children who present with arthritis are
rheumatologists this is a subspecialty of physician who has more years of
special education testing and continuing education which qualifies them to
diagnose and treat diseases that cause inflammation in the musculoskeletal
system and other bodily organs children who suffer from juvenile arthritis are
usually diagnosed in the first six months following the onset of any
symptoms particular arthritis is the most common of the forms of juvenile
arthritis and accounts for approximately one-half of all the cases diagnosed 1
this condition will affect four joints or less affects more girls than boys it
is usually diagnosed for the age of four some of these children will also develop
inflammation in the eyes from the disease which can lead to blindness if
it is not treated appropriately treatment for particular arthritis
includes the use of omega-3 fatty acids that decrease the amount of medication
the child needs to maintain a level of comfort children who go on to develop
systemic symptoms are very rare and in some cases the arthritis will
spontaneously resolve in several years polyarticular arthritis accounts for 40%
of children who are diagnosed with arthritis each and every year this
condition involves at least five joints and will often affect them symmetrically
in other words if the left hand is affected than the same joints in the
right eye and will also be affected it is more likely to affect a small bones
and joints in the body if the larger joints are affected it will actually
change the way in which they grow and will affect the way in which the child
walks when this happens children will develop a limp and are more at risk to
developing osteoarthritis later in life because of the imbalance in their gait
children with polyarticular arthritis will present in the pediatricians office
with fever rash and a decreased appetite those who are over the age of the 10th
of may also be positive for rheumatoid factor and can suffer a more severe form
of the disease the last form of juvenile arthritis affects the least number of
children systemic arthritis affects more boys than girls and accounts for only
10% of those diagnosed each year systemic arthritis will affect joints in
some organs and the children will suffer from skin
Rash’s an inflammation of the internal organs such as the spleen and liver
children will arrive at the pediatricians office complaining of
complications from inflammation throughout the body and are usually
between the ages of five and ten five treatment for any of the juvenile
arthritic conditions will Center on decreasing pain and inflammation in
order to improve the comfort level of the child improve the growth and
development of the bony structures and decrease the progression of the disease
interestingly treatment usually includes exercise programs that do not stress the
joints and tissues but help to build muscle in order to protect the joints
these types of exercises can include swimming and stretching the goal is to
release endorphins that decrease the perception of pain juvenile arthritis is
actually a catch phrase for a group of three different conditions that cause
inflammation pain and redness in the joints and some organ systems and
children an accurate diagnosis is required in order to prescribe
appropriate treatment protocols for the child and plan for his or her future if
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