Is Juvenile Arthritis Common?

Joint replacement doctors treat a lot of patients with arthritis. This is a condition that causes sufferers to have inflamed or swollen joints, limited mobility, and pain. Arthritis can strike victims of all ages, races, and backgrounds, and a growing number of children are being treated. Here’s what you should know about juvenile arthritis.

Background of Juvenile ArthritisJoint_Replacement

Juvenile arthritis is an immune reaction where the joints become inflamed and sore. Different variations of the disease include Systemic Onset, which typically develops with fevers; Psoriatic that is accompanied by skin lesions; and Oligoarticular that is related to eye issues. With many cases, a child may grow out of the condition and doesn’t experience it as an adult. Other children aren’t so lucky and carry the disease through their lives. Joint damage can result from this condition and sometimes leads to the need for joint replacement.  Orthopedic doctors will avoid this as much as possible with younger patients. Generally newborn infants are not affected, but otherwise children of any other age have been treated with this condition.

The Numbers

It is estimated that 1 in 1,000 kids experiences some form of juvenile arthritis. While not extremely common, juvenile arthritis is more prevalent than you might think. Around 300,000 kids in this country alone have been diagnosed with this disease.

Treatment

Since children are still growing and developing, great care must be taken when prescribing medication to treat juvenile arthritis. Typically anti-inflammatory medication or steroids are given to reduce the swelling and bolster the immune system. Staying active is important for a child with juvenile arthritis, as it keeps the joints fluid and moving smoothly.

If your child displays any symptoms such as joint stiffness, pain, swelling, frequent fever, or favoring the use of a limb, contact your orthopedic specialist right away. The sooner the problem is identified and treated, the more likely it is that joint replacement or permanent damage can be avoided.

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