JULY IS JUVENILE ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH
That’s right, kids get arthritis. It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis. Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.
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Juvenile Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. This means the body mistakenly attacks its healthy tissues and cells. Juvenile Arthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects children between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four. Osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of juvenile arthritis. Arthritis leads to persistent joint inflammation in four stages: The first stage is where the joint is inflamed. The second stage is where the joint becomes stiffened (reflexive joint blockage) The third stage is where cartilage and synovial fluid deplete causing friction and irritation.
Symptoms include redness, swelling, mild to severe pain, and often joint stiffness. In some cases the symptoms include joint balling or wrinkling. In some cases the joints may not be inflamed; yet in other cases, the disease progresses into osteoarthritis. Juvenile Arthritis usually begins to show up during childhood and can continue into adulthood. It can also affect people who are overweight or obese.
A person with Juvenile Arthritis has a swollen joint. This may be the case in a child, yet it is not always the case. The initial symptom of Juvenile Arthritis is usually pain or swelling. The pain is usually located around the front of the knee or at the base of the thumb. Over time the joint will become infected and can lead to a painful infection which will increase the swelling even more. The disease will gradually cause the joint to become swollen, warm, and painful.
Juvenile Arthritis has no permanent cure, yet there are ways to control some of the symptoms. Often weight loss can help to control the swelling, stiffness, and pain. Those with juvenile arthritis need to also stay away from chemicals and preservatives, and try to limit their exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. This can be helped along by using natural supplements and protecting their joints from the cold and heat by wearing hats and gloves.
Arthritis is actually an auto-immune disease that is related to the immune system. The body’s reaction to an injury or infection causes the body to attack itself instead of the injury or infection. This is why joint inflammation is often a common symptom in those with Juvenile Arthritis. This is also why the disease often goes untreated for long periods of time. The best way to treat Juvenile Arthritis is to attack the underlying cause of the disease, which is an auto-immune disease.
Some medications may help relieve the symptoms of Arthritis, though it is not always a sure thing that these medications will work for everyone. There are many splints available to help those who suffer from Arthritis. These splints are designed to reduce inflammation, increase flexibility, and relieve pain in the joints. Some splints may also have additional benefits such as reducing swelling and pain in the knees and elbows. Although splints may not cure the disease completely, they can greatly help in reducing the discomfort caused by Arthritis.
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