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Treating & Managing Juvenile Arthritis

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The symptoms of childhood arthritis can vary, but usually include pain, stiffness, and swelling. These symptoms can sometimes be confused with other illnesses and injuries. Image for illustration purposes
The symptoms of childhood arthritis can vary, but usually include pain, stiffness, and swelling. These symptoms can sometimes be confused with other illnesses and injuries. Image for illustration purposes

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Although more common in adults, arthritis and other rheumatic conditions also occur in children. The most common type of childhood arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), also known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Read on to learn about treating childhood arthritis and other rheumatic conditions and transitioning your pediatric patients to adult care. Referral to a pediatric rheumatologist can help.

To find a pediatric rheumatologist near you, go to ACR’s rheumatologist locator and filter results to show providers who specialize in pediatric rheumatology.

Arthritis in Children

The symptoms of childhood arthritis can vary, but usually include pain, stiffness, and swelling. These symptoms can sometimes be confused with other illnesses and injuries.

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Treating and Managing Arthritis in Children

There are many ways to treat arthritis in children. You should work with your patient and their parents or caregivers to create a treatment plan that works for them.

Encouraging Physical Activity in Children

Physical activity can be a good way for kids to manage their arthritis pain. To learn about the importance of physical activity for managing childhood arthritis and how patients can stay active, visit the Kids Get Arthritis Too page staying active with juvenile arthritis.

Transitioning Patients to Adult Care

Although some children with arthritis achieve permanent remission, sometimes childhood arthritis can continue into adulthood. The transition from pediatric to adult care can be difficult for patients and physicians.

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Information Source: CDC

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