An unfortunate side effect of old age is arthritis or a stiffening of the joints. Pain can range from mild problems to chronic pain. Often, young people look on with sympathy but breathe a sigh of relief, glad they won’t have to experience that pain until later in life. What if you had to deal with that pain as a child? Do you think you would be the same person? Every day thousands of children wake up to swollen joints and pain, unable to play, participate in sports, and do all the things kids love to do. July is a time to remember that pain and intensify the search for a cure for juvenile arthritis.
Signs and symptoms
According to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 300,000 children have arthritis in the United States. The ANRF is urging parents to educate themselves on the disease and spread awareness. Additionally, it’s also important to be mindful of the signs and symptoms. Parents should look for:
- Difficulty with daily activities
- Abnormal Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Red eyes
Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disease affecting children from 6 months to 18 years of age. An autoimmune disease refers to an illness generated from the body’s own immune system attacking itself. This is the main distinction between juvenile arthritis and more commonly knows forms of the disease. Symptoms and pain are carried into young adulthood.
Tri-County Health Care is equipped with providers that can help with this unique condition. Tri-County Health Care has several staff members trained in pediatric medicine and an orthopedic department that regularly treats arthritic conditions. Additionally, ANRF is always in need of donations to help in the fight against juvenile arthritis. To donate, visit https://curearthritis.org/donation/. These donations fund research and treatment methods.