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When you picture someone with arthritis, you may be imagining an older adult. But an estimated 300,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with arthritis, states the American College of Rheumatology.
Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term for inflammatory and rheumatic diseases that develop in children under 16. Childhood arthritis can affect children of all ages, with the majority diagnosed between ages 2-5. The most common type of arthritis in children is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), also called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).
Below are 7 facts about childhood arthritis:
Growing up with arthritis has its challenges, but it is treatable. With help from an expert team, most children can expect to live full and active lives.
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