Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis l Episode 067

Episode summary introduction:

This has been a topic that has piqued my interest since I found out that a fellow schoolmate of mine was actually diagnosed with JA. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is actually a blanket diagnosis for 7 different forms of arthritis in children 16 and under. We will discuss each of those in just a minute.

Topic 1:

Types of JIA - These are categorized based on several different factors: Family history, labs work, number of joints affected and of course signs and symptoms.

Topic 2:

Treatment options are discussed.

Topic 3:

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy:

More than 70% of patients, not only in the US, but in Canada and New Zealand as well, have reported continual use of CAM therapy and 80-90% of parents would recommend use of CAM therapy to another parent for their child as well.


Like with most rheumatological diseases, there is still much to be learned. Arthritis costs are astronomical, in 2013, the national cost was $304 billion.


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  2. https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/juvenile-arthritis

  3. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Juvenile-Arthritis

  4. https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/childhood.htm

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  6. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/juvenile-arthritis/advanced#tab-types

  7. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/juvenile-arthritis/data-1

  8. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20374088

  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2424030/

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