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Understanding Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Treatment is similar compared to adult RA

Treatment for JRA is similar to that of adult RA. Medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, are given to children to help alleviate pain, stop inflammation, strengthen the joints, bring down fever, and prevent complications. Yet, a strong emphasis is made on physical therapy and regular exercise. Since young children’s bodies are constantly developing, they need to stay active. With the help of physical and occupational therapists, children with JRA can build their strength, improve their flexibility, and keep their joints moving. Nowadays, permanent joint damage from JRA is rarely seen. A majority of children affected by the disease can recover completely, without experiencing any lifelong symptoms or physical disabilities.