July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month, so we wanted to spread some light on this topic! Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.
Arthritis typically affects joints, but juvenile arthritis can involve the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract as well.
Who Gets JA?
No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of juvenile arthritis, nor is there evidence to suggest that toxins, foods or allergies cause children to develop the disease. Some research points toward a genetic predisposition,
There is no cure for juvenile arthritis. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation, control pain and help improve quality of life. Most treatment plans involve a combination of medication, physical activity, eye care and healthy eating.
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