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The Aches and Pains of Juvenile Arthritis: Treatment Options

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May is National Arthritis Month and Broadway Medical is talking about juvenile arthritis.

Living with arthritis can be especially difficult for young people and children, not being able to do what their friends do can be rough for the kids with JA and their parents.

In our last blog we talked about the fact that there is no known cause for the disease and no known cure, but are many treatments available.

What are those treatments? The most common and effective treatments are a combination of eye care, healthy eating and medication, and physical activity.  The medications used to treat juvenile arthritis are Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids and analgesics. These help relieve pain and inflammation. The other treatment includes disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) as biologic response modifiers.  These medicines are used to treat the disease itself. These treatment courses are used to put the juvenile arthritis into remission and prevent joint damage.

Like many diseases, having juvenile arthritis usually means having more doctor visits. Children diagnosed with rheumatic conditions including JA account for approximately 827,000 doctor visits and 83,000 emergency department room visits each year.

In the last blog, we talked about how the number of children with JA averages 1 in 250 U.S. children under age 18.  Those are average numbers, but they vary from state to state and region to region. Childhood arthritis-related diagnoses range from a low of 500 children in Wyoming to a high of 38,000 children here in California. Experts are looking at many factors to see why that is true.

Remember that if you have a child with juvenile arthritis, juvenile arthritis is not the child’s whole life, just part of it. They are still kids and need to be allowed to be kids. As a parent, you will have to help them develop the words and actions to express emotions about having juvenile arthritis. Remember to take care of yourself too and if you’re married, take time away as a couple.

Arthritis is painful for people of any age, but can be exceptionally hard for kids. If you know a young person with juvenile arthritis who would benefit from braces, mobility devices or home medical equipment, please visit our or visit Broadway Medical’s showroom today.

Sources: pediatriconcall.com, the CDC, the Arthritis Foundation