Treatment for Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Our doctors use a combination plan for the treatment for juvenile idiopathic arthritis to reduce the pain and swelling and to prevent further complications. It is extremely very important that our children maintain a normal level of physical and social activity. Otherwise it can also lead to mental problems in a child if he is not able to do what his friends can.
Medications for JIA
The medications used to help children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis are aimed to reduce pain and improve movement and reduce chances of further complications.
Typical medications include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
These medications, such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, reduce pain and swelling.
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
If there is a high chance of damage in future or when NSAIDs alone fail to relieve symptoms of joint pain and swelling, doctors use these medications.
Biologic Response modifiers:
Also known as biologic agents, can help reduce systematic inflammation and prevent joint damage. Some biological agents help to suppress the immune system.
These medicines are used to reduce inflammation in joints. They are basically used to control symptoms until another medication takes effect. However these drugs can interfere with normal growth and increases chances to infection.
In very severe cases, surgery may be needed to improve the position of a joint
You must discuss with your doctor whether your child should consult a physical therapist or not. An occupational therapist or a physical therapist may make additional recommendations regarding the best exercise and protective equipment for your child.