What is juvenile arthritis?

Published On: Aug 28 2013 04:14:42 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 10 2013 02:19:31 PM EDT

Juvenile arthritis is a term used to describe autoimmune and inflammatory conditions in children 16 year old and younger.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, while arthritis typically affects the joints, juvenile arthritis can also affect the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract.

There are many types of juvenile arthritis, but the most common type is juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation states that currently there is no known cause for juvenile arthritis.

If you suspect your child may have arthritis you should seek medical treatment to get an accurate diagnosis. According to the Arthritis Foundation doctors may perform multiple tests on your child to confirm juvenile arthritis.

While there is no cure for juvenile arthritis there are ways to relieve its symptoms. According to the Arthritis Foundation most treatment plans include a combination of medication, physical activity, healthy lifestyle and eye care.

Comments

The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus