Font Size
A
A
A
...
7
...

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Treatment

Patient Comments

The main goal of treatment in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis is help them live as normal a life as possible. To be successful, this treatment must address all aspects of the disease, including medical problems and complications, physical functioning, school performance, and social and emotional adjustment.

  • Care requires the coordinated efforts of a team of professionals.
  • This care may be overseen by the child's primary care professional, with consultation from a specialist in rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and similar conditions (a rheumatologist), preferably one who specializes in rheumatic diseases of children, as well as specialists in eye problems (ophthalmologist), skin problems (dermatologist), heart problems (cardiologist), digestive problems (gastroenterologist), kidney problems (nephrologist), lung problems (pulmonologist), and/or orthopedic surgery, when necessary.
  • Medical treatment is only part of the equation. The team also may include physical and occupational therapists and a psychologist or counselor. A social worker can help the family cope with the social, financial, and emotional aspects of the disease.
  • Although medication is the cornerstone of treatment of JIA, medication alone is unlikely to be successful if the child is not also receiving appropriate physical therapy, emotional counseling, and school assistance.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014

Must Read Articles Related to Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Iritis
Iritis The iris is a circular, pigmented membrane that provides the eye its color and forms the pupil of the eye. The iris is made up of muscular fibers that control ...learn more >>
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (often called RA) is a chronic (long-standing) disease that damages the joints of the body. The damage is caused by inflammation, a normal ...learn more >>
Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications
Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic (long-term) disease causing inflammation (swelling and pain) of the joints, such as the elbows, shoulders, wrists, finger...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis):

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis - Symptoms and Signs

What were the symptoms of your juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis - Treatment

What was the treatment for your juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis - Diagnosis

How was your juvenile rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?



NIH talks about Ebola on WebMD

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis »

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is not a single disease.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary