A child can develop almost any type of arthritis that affects adults. However, the most common form affecting children is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). What causes it? Although researchers are not sure about the exact cause, they do know that it is an autoimmune disorder.
Common symptoms include:
- Joint swelling and pain
- Decreased range of movement within affected joints
- Spiking fevers.
Any joint in the body can be affected, and inflammation may limit the mobility of affected joints. In addition, the type and severity of symptoms will often vary from child to child.
Treatment for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis typically involves exercise, physical therapy, and medications.
(To learn more about this condition, including additional symptoms and specific medications used as treatment, click Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.)