The most notable form of arthritis that affects kids under the age of 18 years old is known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).
Understanding Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
When first developing within your child’s hands, wrists, and feet, several phases take place.
Although the exact cause of JRA is still unclear, is it recognized and classified as an autoimmune disorder, which sees the patient’s immune system attack their healthy tissue and cells.
This type of attack leads to the rise of inflammation, which can be extremely painful and cause severe stiffness.
Common Symptoms Associated with Juvenile Arthritis
Most children who develop JRA often experience sudden fevers, as well as develop some skin rash.
Most forms of JRA affect the spine, specifically within school-aged children around the age of 8 years old.
Juvenile Arthritis tends to originate within the hips, knees, or ankles before affecting the pelvic and lower back area.
Diagnosing Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Most Chiropractors will look to discuss your family’s medical history if your child is affected by Juvenile Arthritis since it is widely believed that the condition is passed down from parent to child.
Reviewing your family’s involvement with Ankylosing Spondylitis may be necessary for diagnosing the condition.
Other methods your Chiropractor may use include:
- Blood or lab tests
- MRI scans
Treating Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
However, there are some techniques that our Chiropractors utilize to provide immediate pain relief, as well as to reduce joint inflammation and swelling.
Visiting your Chiropractor on a weekly basis to receive active adjustments is critical for maintaining a healthy and pain-free life for children affected by this condition.
Adjusting your child’s dietary habits and following through with some controlled exercises might be recommended as additional means for support and treatment.
AICA College Park Can Help
Our College Park office is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have, work with your insurance company on your behalf, and schedule a direct examination.
Our Chiropractors are experienced with treating Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and can provide custom solutions that align with the specific characteristics of your child’s condition.
This type of approach ensures that your child can experience immediate pain relief, while also preventing joint inflammation from occurring in the future.
You can schedule a consultation or examination by either filling out our online application or by giving us a call at (404) 592-0319
At AICA College Park, we treat each of our patients like family and are here for you!