Staying Active With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
The Importance of ActivityParents often wonder if children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis have to limit activities.
Although pain sometimes limits physical activity, exercise is important to reduce the symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and maintain function and range of motion of the joints. Most children with the condition can take part fully in physical activities and sports when their symptoms are under control. During a disease flare-up, however, the doctor may advise limiting certain activities depending on the joints involved. Once the flare-up is over, a child can resume regular activities.
Swimming is particularly useful because it uses many joints and muscles without putting weight on the joints. A doctor or physical therapist can recommend exercises and activities.
(Click Rheumatoid Arthritis and Exercise for more information.)