Prevalence of Juvenile Arthritis Continually Increasing


Portland, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/03/2015 -- Arthritis is often considered a common part of the aging process. Those who typically suffer from it belong to the elderly population. Yet sadly, the condition is not exclusive to the elderly, but is in fact a problem among some of the school-age population.

According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of juvenile arthritis is increasing. A 2007 study by the CDC estimated that there are around 294,000 children in the United States under 18 years of age who are suffering from arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. This significantly higher than a 2004 estimate from National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, which reported an average of 80,100 cases.

Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. While the immune system generally protects the body from harmful bacteria, it can also attack healthy cells that the body needs. Scientists are still unsure as to why this happens, but some of them believe that sufferers of juvenile arthritis are genetically predisposed to having the condition.

Patients of juvenile arthritis often suffer from stiffness, pain and swelling in the feet, hands and knees. The symptoms also include high fever and skin rash and often take place in the morning. What makes the condition even more alarming is that it can potentially cause growth problems and eye inflammation.

According to health professionals, patients with juvenile arthritis should try to remain physically active to strengthen their joints and muscles. It is also recommended that children maintain a healthy weight to avoid putting excess strain on the joints. Physicians usually prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to reduce swelling and pain, as well as maintain joint movement.

"Pain often limits the capacity of children with juvenile arthritis to do things that kids do. It is recommended to engage in regular exercise to reduce the symptoms of arthritis and encourage function and motion of the joints. However, this can be difficult when the child is experiencing immense pain," said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O'Sullivan

Juvenile arthritis can differ from arthritis that develops as part of the natural aging process. It often requires a different treatment approach, especially as the sufferers are much younger and must manage the condition for a majority of their lives. While NSAIDs are typically used for joint pain, the FDA warns against prolonged use of the drugs.

Having to be careful of long-term pharmaceutical use, there are many sufferers who also use natural remedies such as curcumin supplements. These supplements are believed to be safe and effective to use long-term, and this is why they are becoming increasingly popular ( .

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