Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common type of arthritis in children where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s tissues, causing inflammation in joints and potentially other areas of the body.

What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?

Nearly 300,000 children – from infants to teenagers – in the U.S. have some form of arthritis. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common type of arthritis in children. The term idiopathic means “of unknown origin.” There are six JIA subtypes. Read More >>

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Symptoms

The most common symptoms include joint pain and swelling, fever and rash, among others. Read More >>

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Causes

Researchers are uncertain what causes JIA. Current research suggests a person's genes may make them more likely to develop JIA. Read More >>

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Diagnosis

Diagnosing JIA early and getting aggressive treatment are important for preventing or slowing joint damage and preserving joint function and mobility. Doctors will take a medical history, perform a physical examination and order laboratory and imaging tests. Read More >>

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Treatment

There is no cure for JIA but with prompt diagnosis and early aggressive treatment, remission is possible. The goal of treatment is to relieve inflammation, control pain and improve quality of life. Treatment options for joint symptoms include medications, assistive devices and surgery. Read More >>

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Self Care

Managing morning stiffness, getting plenty of physical activity, eating well and learning how to cope with the challenges of the disease will be beneficial for children with arthritis. Read More >>

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