Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
July 8, 2021 by eMedEvents

National Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Every year July is recognized as Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month with the purpose to raise awareness about the initial signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis, which affects 300,000 children in the United States.  The Arthritis Foundation is at the forefront in leading this nationwide campaign hoping to decrease one of the most common childhood diseases in the country.

 

What is Juvenile Arthritis?

The word “arthritis” is a Latin word that means “swelling/inflammation of joints”,  but the impacted areas may include eyes, skin, and intestines as well. The term “Juvenile Arthritis” denotes several autoimmune, inflammatory, long-lasting, chronic conditions, and diseases developing among children and teens.  Swelling, stiffness, pain, and tenderness are some of the causes found in most arthritis cases while some others may just have mild symptoms on skin and internal organs.  There can be joint and tissue damage besides bone growth and development problems in other cases of juvenile arthritis.  The symptoms, issues, and ailments can vary quite significantly among patients.

 

Key facts:

  • Juvenile Arthritis affects body development.
  • Juvenile Arthritis has many symptoms.
  • There are many different kinds of Juvenile Arthritis.
  • Physical activity can help in reducing the symptoms and strengthening the muscles.
  • Blue is the official color of the Juvenile Arthritis campaign.

Juvenile arthritis affects children under the age of 16 and can have a physical and psychological impact in which a child may feel debilitating pain. Though arthritis conditions generally affect adults, often children and young adults are impacted by disease. Some children can even have symptoms of arthritis for just a few months, while others face symptoms for several years, and in rare cases, the problem can last for a lifetime.

 

Some common types of Juvenile arthritis include:

 

  1. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is considered the most common form of childhood arthritis with six other subtypes: oligoarthritis, polyarthritis, systemic, enthesitis-related, juvenile psoriatic arthritis, or undifferentiated.

  1. Juvenile dermatomyositis

Juvenile dermatomyositis is an inflammatory disease that causes weakness in muscles and skin rash on the eyelids.

  1. Juvenile lupus

An autoimmune disease that affects joints, skin, kidneys, blood, and other body parts.

  1. Juvenile scleroderma

Juvenile scleroderma denotes hard skin and talks about the conditions causing hard and tight skin.

  1. Kawasaki disease

The disease causes inflammation in blood vessels and leads to heart complications.

  1. Fibromyalgia

The condition is most common among girls and causes stiffness, aching, fatigue, disrupted sleep, and other symptoms.

 

The most common symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis are:

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling, possibly in the joints or lymph nodes in the neck and other areas of the body
  • Fever
  • Stiffness
  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Difficulty in walking, dressing, and playing
  • Persistent joint swelling
  • Consistent complaints of joint pain
  • Joint pain primarily in hands, wrists, and knees
  • The appearance of skin rashes
  • Development of a limp
  • Loss of motor skill function
  • Eye dryness
  • Eye inflammation

 

JUVENILE ARTHRITIS AND EXERCISE

Children with arthritis issues should follow an exercise routine, on the advice of a doctor, as regular exercise helps in maintaining a healthy weight, keeping muscles strong and healthy to protect and support joints. 

Types of Exercise:

  • Range of motion
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Cardiovascular

Physical Activity Tips for Kids with Juvenile Arthritis:

  • Children with Juvenile arthritis can tire faster than others.  Be mindful of the child`s comfort level and allow activity breaks if needed.
  • Examine the child before, during, and after an activity to check if any additional support is needed.
  • Always talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program and choose a suitable level of activity for your child.

 

How to spread awareness?

  1. Change your profile picture to support Juvenile Arthritis Month and spread awareness under hashtag #CureArthritis!
  2. Wear blue wristbands, ribbons, and lapel pins throughout the month to show your full support for the campaign.
  3. Create your campaign to raise awareness and support.
  4. Encourage your friends and family to participate and spread awareness about Juvenile Arthritis.
  5. Write a blog about Juvenile Arthritis and share it through your social media platforms.

 

 

To know more about Juvenile Arthritis (JA), eMedEvents.com has several in-person events and webcasts for Rheumatologists and other healthcare professionals where you will receive deep insights about arthritis and rheumatology. By signing up for the below events, you will not only gain an in-depth understanding of Juvenile Arthritis, but these events will also assist in your professional growth.

 

  1. Advanced eBytes: TNF Biologics in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Understanding the Basics.

Organizer: American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Start Date: Dec 19, 2018

End Date: Dec 19, 2021

Credits: CME 0.5

Ticket Cost: Free

 

  1. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Advances in Diagnosis, Classification, and Cure

Organizer: Speciality Pharma Education Centre (SPEC)

Start Date: Aug 22, 2018

End Date: Aug 22, 2021

Credits: CEU 0.2

Ticket Cost: $13

 

  1. Overcoming Challenges in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Advances in Treatment and Management

Organizer: Speciality Pharma Education Centre (SPEC)

Start Date: Aug 10, 2018

End Date: Aug 10, 2021

Credits: CEU 0.2

Ticket Cost: $13

 

References:

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51229868_Juvenile_idiopathic_arthritis
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/298717514_Handbook_of_Juvenile_Idiopathic_Arthritis
  3. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/juvenile-arthritis
  4. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Juvenile-Arthritis
  5. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis#tab-symptoms.
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