Managing Pain

Managing Pain

Managing Pain_Kids With ArthritisJIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) is the most common type of arthritis in children and young people under the age of 16.

Pain is the most common and distressing symptom of JIA.  Living with pain can be really difficult. Pain has been found to negatively impact all aspects of functioning, including physical activity, it may reduce their participation in school, being involved with social and family activities may be impacted, and may have an effect on them emotionally.

It can also result in sleep disruption and poor sleep quality, which in turn can cause daytime fatigue, reduced mood and increased sensitivity to pain, essentially creating an ongoing pain cycle. See our Sleep and Rest tips, on how to give your child the best chance of a good refreshing sleep.

A range of interventions, including medicines, use of hot and cold treatments, relaxation and distraction techniques, deep breathing, massage, gentle stretching and exercise can assist in relieving pain. See the information on ‘Practical Tips when having a Painful or Unpleasant Procedure’. These suggestions can also help when your child is experiencing a flare, and is in pain.

Please discuss pain management with your child’s medical professional.
There are many positive tools and strategies to assist you and your child with their pain.