Juvenile arthritis

Arthritic conditions that occur before a child is 16 years old are classified as juvenile arthritis or childhood arthritis. Arthritis in children, an autoimmune condition, is relatively common and is more prevalent in girls than boys. Treatment for juvenile arthritis is focused on preserving a normal quality of life by reducing inflammation and increasing mobility. This is usually achieved through anti-inflammatory medication. Learn more about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of juvenile arthritis here.

Juvenile arthritis in teenagers

Having a child with a chronic illness such as juvenile arthritis (JA) can be emotionally draining, and physically taxing.

Juvenile arthritis and exercise

Exercise is particularly good for juvenile arthritis (JA). It keeps the joints mobile, the muscles strong, improves general fitness and endurance.

Helping kids fight arthritis

A high school counsellor and a paediatric rheumatologist, Dr Chris Scott, have joined forces to raise funds for children facing life-threatening forms of juvenile arthritis.

Juvenile arthritis in children

Whatever the physical complications of juvenile arthritis (JA), the psychological issues are more likely to affect the lives of you and your family.

Juvenile arthritis and diet

All children need a healthy, balanced diet but for those with juvenile arthritis, an eating plan focused on weight management and building healthy bones can be particularly beneficial.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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