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Monday, November 6, 2017

Yes, Children Can Get Arthritis!

Yes, Children Can Get Arthritis!
Most people view arthritis as an old person's disease. Would you be surprised to know that children can get arthritis, too? It's called chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and it affects more than 300,000 American children, according to experts.

Arthritis in adults vs children

Unlike adults, whose arthritis is caused by age and wear and tear on cartilage and bone, arthritis in children is basically inflammation. But where does it come from? Doctors are not certain. Children with JIA have joint pain and stiffness in the morning, much like adults, but JIA can also affect the eyes and can threaten vision if not diagnosed and treated promptly.

Treatment for arthritis in children

Fortunately, JIA can be treated. Treatment can include cortisone shots that can provide relief for up to two years, and low doses of the medication methotrexate, which can also provide relief from the symptoms and help with the inflammation.

According to Dr. Barbara Ostrov, a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pennsylvania, these treatments are well received by children with JIA. In fact, they respond better to the treatment than adults with arthritis.

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