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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is often associated with aging, but children can be affected by this chronic condition as well. To spotlight this illness, and help identify and treat those who may be affected, FCMG joins other health care providers in recognizing July as Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month.

What is Juvenile Arthritis?

Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in one or more joints. Unlike the wear-and-tear arthritis seen in adults, the exact cause of JA remains unknown. However, researchers believe it's a combination of genetic and environmental factors. According to the CDC, children most likely to suffer from JA:

  • Have anxiety or depression
  • Have a heart condition
  • Are overweight
  • Are not physically active
  • Live with people who smoke

    Signs and Symptoms:

    Early detection is crucial for managing JA effectively. Here are some common signs and symptoms to be aware of:

    • Joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and redness, especially in the morning
    • Difficulty moving or using joints
    • Fever
    • Rash
    • Fatigue

    Treatment Options and Seeking Help:

    While there's currently no known cure for JA, various treatments can help manage symptoms and improve a child's quality of life. These may include medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes.

    If you notice any of the above signs and symptoms in your child, contact your health care expert at FCMG: Early diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan can significantly impact a child's journey with JA…and sooner is better than later.

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