Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)
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Surgery for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Surgery is not usually needed in JRA.
A variety of complementary approaches can be very effective in relieving pain. These include acupuncture and massage. These are not necessary but may help your child feel more comfortable.
Whenever possible, children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis should receive their care from a multidisciplinary center that specializes in pediatric rheumatologic care. However, such centers are not common and are mostly confined to large medical centers.
Children with JRA must be evaluated regularly by the provider supervising care of their disease. This provider will give referrals to appropriate specialists, who will evaluate the child for development of preventable and/or treatable complications. Care will continue throughout childhood and adolescence. Children who go on to develop adult-type RA require medical care for their entire lives.
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Prevention
We do not know how to prevent JRA. Following recommended treatment is the best way to prevent worsening of the disease. If left untreated, JRA will continue to worsen and eventually can lead to joint damage and disability, and possibly other serious complications.
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