Treatments of JRA
In most case, JRA can be remedied with a combination of physical therapy and exercise. Some children may need corticosteroid injections or surgery. Work together with your doctor, physical therapist, and rheumatologist to figure out the best treatment for your child. The primary goals are to relieve inflammation and pain, prevent or slow down joint destruction, and to restore your child’s physical ability.
NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as Motrin or Advil, may be prescribed by the physician to help manage the inflammation and pain by limiting the discharge of the chemicals emitted by the white blood cells to fight off the body’s healthy tissues. Depending on the child’s response, the dosage may need adjusting. Have your physician to explain the indications and side effects of the medicine to your child, so they may involved in their treatment. You can also inquire about newer treatments for JRA that may be available.
Physical Therapy and Exercise
Experts like those at the Mayo Clinic recommend physical therapy as the cornerstone of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in children. (2) This is especially true for those who want to strengthen their muscles and gain back their full range of motion. This can also help one to lose weight, which helps alleviate pain in weight-bearing joints. Safe activities include swimming, biking, and walking. Make sure that you talk with your child’s pediatrician or physical therapist first before allowing such activities to avoid further damage to the joints.
To learn more about arthritis and other treatments, please read Arthritis and Light Therapy: Does it Work? and Benefits of Physical Therapy For Arthritis.