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Juvenile arthritis

What is Juvenile Arthritis?
Juvenile Arthritis is a chronic disease of children causing pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints. It is also known as Still's Disease. There are several varieties that may affect many or only a few joints. One child in 1000 will suffer from a juvenile form of arthritis. 

Living with Juvenile Arthritis

The severity of the condition will dictate what individuals can do. Symptoms vary greatly from day to day, therefore the ability to carry out tasks will also vary.

Often stiffness is most marked in the morning and therefore affected young people may be slower to get involved in activities in the morning. It may also result in the young person becoming more tired.

Some young people with juvenile arthritis may need to wear splints on joints, this is a result of acutely inflamed joints and maintains the position of the joint to prevent loss of function. Some young people are required to take regular medication to manage the condition, and in some cases where a young person has a relapse of the disease it may result in hospital admission for a prolonged spell.

Practical tips

Further information
Work in partnership with the individual and their parents/ carers to understand the extent of the disability and identify what support is needed and how to best provide this. It may be beneficial to ask for some of the guidance provided by the young person's GP or medical specialist.

Support organisations

Arthritis Care

Helpline: 0808 800 4050 (Monday- Friday 12-4pm)

Email: info@arthritiscare.org.uk

Website: www.arthritiscare.org.uk

Arthritis Research UK

Telephone: 030 0790 0400

Email: enquiries@arthritisresearchuk.org

Website: www.arthritisresearchuk.org

Children's Chronic Arthritis Association

Telephone: 019 0574 5595

Email: info@ccaa.org.uk

Website: www.ccaa.org.uk

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Telephone: 0845 458 3969/ 01638 823 524

Helpline: 0800 298 7650

Email: helpline@nras.org.uk/ enquiries@nras.org.uk

Website: www.nras.org.uk

 

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