Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), is a class of arthritis that develops joint inflammation and stiffness for over six weeks in a child aged 16 or younger. This type of arthritis affects about 50,000 children in the United States. Inflammation creates redness, swelling, warmth, and soreness in the joints, but a lot of children with JRA do not fuss about joint pain. Any joint can be affected, and inflammation can hinder mobility of the affected joints.
At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are an Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (ORF) with advanced healthcare solutions and combine physical therapy, chiropractic care, and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We regulate the pace and intensity of your therapies depending on your child’s symptoms and conditions. Our goal is to find a treatment plan that best fits your child.
What is JRA?
JRA classified as an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body accidentally thinks that its own cells and tissues are foreign substances. Your body starts to attack itself. This causes inflammation, redness, heat, pain, and swelling.
It is not known what exactly causes the immune system to become dysfunctional in children with JRA, but they think there are two key ingredients: genetics and environmental factors
JRA may develop into a fever and anemia. It can also do damage to the heart, lungs, eyes, and nervous system. Arthritic events can last for multiple weeks and can come back.
Treatment a lot like that for adults, including rigorous physical therapy and exercise to keep the child’s growing body active. Permanent damage from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is not common anymore, and most children who have developed JRA get better from the disease completely without experiencing any long-term disabilities.
Doctors categorize three kinds of JRA, based on the number of joints included, the symptoms, and the existence of specific antibodies within the blood. These categories help doctors figure out how the disease will continue.
The three types of JRA are:
Make sure to discuss with your child’s doctor what type of JRA he/she has developed so you and your doctor can find a treatment option that is best.
Treatments for JRA
At AdvaCare Clinics, we are a team of specialized health care professionals whose passion is help combat symptoms and conditions, and improve function. Our knowledge is how we combine each modality with multiple layers of medical disciplines to reeducate the nervous system.
Treatments we offer are:
- Trigger point injections
- Condition Education
- Massage and myofascial release
- Light Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- EMS (electrical muscle stimulation)
- Laser Therapy
- And many more…
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.
We offer therapies and treatments in many regions in the metro area including:
And many more…