Disease Types

It is important to learn if your child has arthritis and what type.  Treatments depend o twhat type your child has.  Finding out if called a getting a diagnosis.  Early diagnosis and treatment are keys to preventing or slowing joint damage.

Although there is not currently a cure for arthritis, there are many therapies.  To get a diagnosis your primary-care doctor may refer you and your child to a pediatric rheumatologist.  A pediatiric rheumatologist is a doctor with both special training to treat childrean and people with arthritis.  If you learn your child has arthritis, getting early treatment is important.  Early treatment can get better  results and limit joint damage.

Click on the name of a juvenile arthritis disease below to learn more about its characteristics, how it is diagnosed and treatment options.

Juvenile Dermatomyositis

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (also known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Chronic Arthritis )

Juvenile Spondyloarthropathies

Lupus in Children



Non-inflammatory Disorders / Chronic Pain Syndromes


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