Arthritis is thought of as a grown-up ailment, but juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the U.S.
Seventeen-year-old Carson comes from a close-knit family of athletes and had been playing baseball for a decade when consistent, unexplained pain left his family stumped and looking for answers. Countless physical therapy and orthopedic appointments, plus endless X-rays, filled the next 18 months. When an MRI of his spine lead the radiologist reading his images […]
While it can’t be cured, juvenile arthritis can be well managed with long-term medications and therapy, and affected children can live normal lives, a CHOC rheumatologist says. “There are such good medications available and there are some new biologic medications that are targeted and effective for treating most forms of arthritis in children,” says Dr. […]
“Growing pains are real because many children experience musculoskeletal pain,” says Dr. Andrew Shulman, a CHOC Pediatric Rheumatologist (Arthritis Specialist). “It’s a very common symptom but not a good name because we don’t think it’s related to growth. We think the most common cause for this type of musculoskeletal pain is flexible joints. This means the ligaments that hold the bones together at the joint are a little bit loose.”
It’s not unusual for kids to feel some aches and pains as they grow up. Joint flexibility is the most common cause of musculoskeletal pain in children and is often responsible for what is known as “growing pains.” Still, it can be just as hard on mom and dad as it is on their child […]
Picture a person with arthritis. Do you see someone elderly with gray hair, glasses and knitting in tow? Think again: Arthritis is not just a grandmother’s disease. In fact, one in 10 of every 10,000 children will be diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis every year in the United States, and an estimated 70,000 children have […]