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Juvenile Rheumatoid Polyarthritis (seronegative): Guide To Improving Joint Strength


Juvenile Rheumatoid Polyarthritis (seronegative) bears the ICD code M08.3 referring to arthritis and arthritis-like conditions affecting children. It is also known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Polyarthritis (JRA) mostly affects children from the age of 6 months to 16 years. [1]

● Causes for Juvenile Rheumatoid Polyarthritis are heredity, problems in the immune system, and certain environmental factors.
● Juvenile Rheumatoid Polyarthritis can persist for some months, or last for a lifetime in certain instances.
● Diagnosis of Juvenile Rheumatoid Polyarthritis is done by performing a combination of tests like blood test (ESR, Rheumatoid factor, CCP etc.), imaging tests like X-ray and MRI.

JRA is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system starts attacking the healthy cells of the body. Though not every child reports a complaint of joint pain, mobility is likely to be affected in this disease.


Common symptoms of Juvenile Rheumatoid Polyarthritis include:
● Pain in joints
● Limping
● Swelling
● Swollen lymph nodes
● Fever
● Stiffness in joints


Treatment option for Juvenile Rheumatoid Polyarthritis aims at controlling the pain and preventing damage of joints. It includes taking proper medication and therapy as well as taking care of joints and certain precautions as recommended by doctors.

● Exercise to improve joint flexibility after consulting a physical therapist.
● Use joint supports or splints.
● Use cold or hot packs.
● Have a balanced diet with calcium-rich foods.

● Corticosteroids
● Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
● Biologic Response Modifiers
● Therapy
● Surgery

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