The word “arthritis” might call to mind images of older adults, and with good reason – aging is a primary cause of osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 27 million Americans.
But arthritis isn’t exclusive to adults, children can develop arthritis as well. Juvenile arthritis isn’t a specific condition but an umbrella term that includes numerous types and subtypes.
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- Joints that are warm to the touch
- Swelling and tenderness at joints
- Favoring one limb over another or limping
- Pain (often worse following sleep or inactivity)
- Stiffness, especially upon waking in the morning
- Inability to bend or straighten joints completely
- Decreased physical activity
- Sleep problems
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Reduced appetite and/or weight loss
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The goal of treatment is to relieve inflammation, control pain and improve quality of life. With early aggressive treatment, however, remission is possible.