Management and Treatment Options

Management And Treatment Options

Management And Treatment Options_Kids With ArthritisTreatment of JIA can take many forms – but first your child will need to undergo tests. A team of health professionals will provide a range of treatments. The child’s team depend on how the illness is impacting on the child and well-being. Therefore, treatment and even monitoring will vary from child to child.

Treatment of children with JIA involves medication, and may also include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry or psychological support. The aims of treatment are to reduce pain and disease activity, to maintain the range of movement of the joints, to promote muscle strength to stabilise affected joints. It is important to maintain the independence of the child to make sure they lead an active and enjoyable life. 

Treatment of children with JIA involves medication, and may also include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry or psychological support. The aims of treatment are to reduce pain and disease activity, to maintain the range of movement of the joints, to promote muscle strength to stabilise affected joints. It is important to maintain the independence of the child to make sure they lead an active and enjoyable life.

JIA is a condition that is extremely variable in its severity and its course.  It can affect joints (a single joint or numerous joints), muscles and tendons or it can affect the general health of the child (high temperatures, rashes, poor appetite, weight loss) making the child feel very unwell. JIA is a disease that will have periods of active disease, followed by periods when the disease is less active or even appears to have gone away.

The goals of JIA treatment are to:

  • Slow down or stop inflammation
  • Relieve symptoms, control pain and improve quality of life.
  • Prevent joint and organ damage.
  • Preserve joint function and mobility.
  • Reduce long-term health effects.
  • Achieve remission (little or no disease activity or symptoms).

Your child’s team of health professionals may include:

  • Paediatric Rheumatologist
  • General Practitioner (GP)
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)
  • Podiatrist / Orthotics services
  • Psychologist or Counsellor
  • Pain Specialist
  • Dietician
  • Paediatric Rheumatologist Nurse
  • Kids With Arthritis NZ support group

Treatment For Jia

Treatment for JIA may include:

  • Medications to control the pain and inflammation
  • Exercise to keep the joints moving well and muscles strong
  • Strategies to help with the pain
  • Psychological and support
View the KWANZ Treatment Video – CLICK HERE to view the film.
 

This 6-minute video was put together to help children and parents understand better some of the treatments and methods used in JIA and some other autoimmune conditions.  Clinic appointments can sometimes go so quickly, it is possible to be confused or forget things.  We hope this is helpful as a ‘big picture’ of the main forms of treatment for JIA.