Some helpful facts you should know
The statistics for juvenile arthritis (JA) are staggering: An estimated 300,000 children in the United States—that’s 1 in 250 kids—are affected by some form of the disease. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the disease takes a unique physical and emotional toll on kids, often resulting in debilitating pain and feelings of loneliness or depression. Not a happy illness at all, yet many children are resilient, thank goodness.
The most common type of arthritis in children under the age of 16 is juvenile idiopathic arthritis, formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Mayo Clinic, which notes that some types of JA can cause serious complications, such as growth problems, joint damage and eye inflammation. Treatment focuses on controlling pain and inflammation, improving function, and preventing joint damage. Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and fever, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. Some forms of JA are more common in girls.
There is some positive news. The American College of Rheumatology offers these facts:
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