July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, and many people think Arthritis is a condition only older people can get. This is false, in fact nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. So what exactly is this condition?
Juvenile Arthritis is also known as pediatric rheumatic disease and arthristis.org explains it as an, “umbrella term”. There are different types of JA, in most cases JA causes joint inflammation, swelling, pain and tenderness. Some cases have no joint symptoms or only affect the skin and internal organs.
The exact causes of Juvenile Arthritis is unknown, but researchers believe that some genes may cause JA when activated by a virus, bacteria or other external factors. According to arthritis.org, there’s no evidence that foods, toxins, allergies or lack of vitamins cause the disease.
For a list of most common types of JA check out arthritis.org this month at the Kids Cures Foundation we want to highlight Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Please share any information you learn online with us, and your friends and family.