Early diagnosis and treatment gives children with juvenile arthritis the best opportuniy for a good outcome. Your child's treatment will be based on the type of arthritis and his or her symptoms. The goals ar any treatment program are to control inflammation, relieve pain, prevent joint damage and maximize ability to do every day things.
Your child's treatment program will include medications, exercise, eye care, dental care and proper nutrition. Surgery, although rare, may be necessary to treat special long-term problems.
Because many different treatments are used for children with JA, it often takes a team of health-care providers working together. These specialists may include a pediatric rheumatologist, nurse practitioner, physical and occupational therapist, social worker, dietitian, ophthalmologist, psychologist, nephrologist, neurologist, cardiologist, dentist or orthopedic surgeon.
Pediatric rheumatology centers in many major medical centers offer this care in one place. If you do not live near a pediatric rheumatology center, your child's physician can help you find the specialists your child's needs.
Your health care team will work together to create a comprehensive treatment plan for your child's specific condition. Treatments may include:
- Exercise & Physical Therapy
- General Health (eye, dental, diet, etc.)
- Assistive Devices
- Complementary Therapies
Learn how you can help your child successfully follow his juvenile arthritis treatment plan.