July is Juvenile Awareness Month. When one thinks of the term arthritis, he/she may imagine an older person with joint pain or creaky joints, swelling, and/or someone who has trouble with everyday tasks.
According to arthritis.org, however; arthritis is common, but may not be easily recognized, and is more common in children than one may think. Arthritis does not stem from one single disease. Instead, it is a term to commonly refer to pain in the joints, or joint disease. Currently, there are more than 100 different documented types of arthritis or related conditions. According to the site, arthritis is not specific to a person of a particular age, race or sex. In fact, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. Currently, approximately 50 million adults and 300,000 children have arthritis in the USA.
Arthritis happens when the cartilage in between the bones no longer works properly or wears down partially, or completely. The wearing down of the cartilage between the bones is thought to cause inflammation in the joint, causing arthritis. Then the joint becomes hard to move and is usually painful.
In children, arthritis is thought to be very treatable, and in some it even disappears. Usually arthritis is not inherited from the child’s mother or father, but can be in rare instances.
For specific types of arthritis and signs to look out for, read more here.
To join the movement in spreading awareness about juvenile arthritis, please use the hashtags #CUREARTHRITIS and #KIDSGETARTHRITIS
Awareness is the key to making Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month a success. If you or someone you know suspects that they may have arthritis, see your primary care doctor for an evaluation.