Although arthritis is a condition that we usually associate with aging, it is possible for children to develop arthritis at an early age.

Since July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month, we want to take a moment to tell you what you need to know about this condition.

Types of Juvenile Arthritis: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), juvenile dermatomyositis, juvenile lupus, juvenile scleroderma, Kawasaki disease, mixed connective tissue disease and fibromyalgia are all variations of Juvenile Arthritis. They can all cause pain, joint swelling, redness and warmth, but they all have different symptoms and require different treatments. You can find more specific details for each one in the Arthritis Foundation website.

What causes it? Although some research suggests that genetic predisposition may cause Juvenile Arthritis, no cause has been pinpointed responsible for this condition.

Can it be cured? There is no cure for arthritis yet, but it can go into remission with adequate treatment. It’s important to diagnose it properly to know what you’re dealing with and have the proper treatment. Most treatment plans combine a balanced diet, exercise, eye care and medication. It is very important to help the child deal with the social and emotional aspects of the condition.

Genetic illnesses can skip generations, so if you think your child may have Juvenile Arthritis despite not knowing of a genetic history of arthritis in your family, make an appointment with a specialist to ensure a proper diagnosis.

You can call us at 1-800-299-7917 to make an appointment with Doctor Rigoberto Perez Diaz, or visit our website www.salud.bz, we will gladly assist you. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and do not forget to tune into our daily program SALUD TV.