Arthritic Cures For Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Bert Clay

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs in children 16 years or younger. It is the most common type of arthritis in children. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by inflammation of the joints that causes the joint to swell, aches in the joints, stiffness and limited joint movement in the affected areas. Damage is caused by inflammation, which is a normal response of the body's immune system. Arthritic cures can help a child maintain movement, reduce swelling and control pain.

Even though there is no cause for rheumatoid arthritis, it is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorder means that the body's immune system attacks it own tissues. Since juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is chronic, a young child will have this disease a very long time.

Oligoarticular arthritis is the most severe type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It affects a few joints than involve the knees and wrist and gets worse with time. The eye becomes inflamed with this type of arthritis and can be determined by the eye doctor.

The second type is polyarticular arthritis affects girls more than it does in boys but can begin at any age. Symptoms include swelling and pain in five or more joints in the hands, knees, hips, neck, ankles and feet. Other symptoms may include a low-grade fever, bumps or nodules on the affected areas.

The third type is systemic arthritis, known as Still's disease, that pretains to the whole body. Symptoms include high fever, rash, spleen and lymph nodes may be enlarged and eventually swelling, pain and stiffness of other body joints will be affected. About 20 percent children can develop systemic JRA in early childhood.

Pauciarticular disease is the fourth type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that involves pain and swelling in less than 5 joints involved. It is the most common form and affects joints that include the larger ones, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Children who have this disease often have eye infections.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cures is much the same for young children who have arthritis of any kind. Arthritis cures include exercise, diet, medication, physical and occupational therapy. The goal of an arthritic child is to relieve pain and inflammation by using heat and cold applications, improve mobility, which means the ability to move, and encourage emotional development and social interaction at school and at home. - 32188

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