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What is arthritis in children?
Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. Although it is common in adults, it can also occur in children. When it occurs under 16 years of age, it is also known as juvenile arthritis.
What are the symptoms of arthritis in children?
Juvenile arthritis can affect one or multiple joints, depending on the type. Common signs and symptoms can include: Joint stiffness (particularly in the morning), swelling or pain; A skin rash around the affected joints; Fatigue, …
What causes arthritis in children?
The cause of arthritis in children is usually an autoimmune disorder. This means that the body's immune system, which normally fights off harmful bacteria and viruses, attacks the body's healthy cells and tissues. In arthritis, the immune system …
How is arthritis in children diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask you about your child's symptoms, as well as any family history of arthritis. You may also be referred to a doctor who specializes in joint-related conditions. Some tests may include: X-rays, ultrasounds and bone scans, for …
How is arthritis in children treated?
Treatment of juvenile arthritis aims to control any joint damage and swelling, and reduce the pain. Treatment options include medications and physical therapies, splints and sometimes surgery. Your doctor will suggest the best treatment for your child …
Can arthritis in children be cured?
There is no specific cure for arthritis in children, but the condition can normally be effectively treated or managed during flare-ups of symptoms.
Are both boys and girls affected by juvenile arthritis?
Yes. Both girls and boys can be affected by juvenile arthritis, although it is more common in girls.
How does exercise help arthritis in children?
Physical therapies can help to increase the strength of muscles, increase joint flexibility and aid normal development of the limbs. It can also help to manage pain, as strong muscles can help to support affected joints. Depending on the …
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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Apr 2015
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Arthritis in children (juvenile arthritis)