Arthritis is a condition that many people often are diagnosed with, normally older in their life. Juvenile arthritis can start at the age of 16, affecting 30,000- 50,000 teenagers and young adults for the majority of their life. While there are treatment options, including physical therapy, children with Juvenile Arthritis need encouragement and patience.

This isn’t to say you need to applaud or praise every little accomplishment. Kids with JA [Juvenile Arthritis] need to learn to cope as well as they can day to day, regardless of getting rewards. But now and again, let them know you see how much effort they put into their schoolwork, friendships, or whatever else, and appreciate how much they are trying. This is especially important during flare-ups when everything feels so much more painful and draining.

Whether if it is from parents, teachers, and friends, a little bit of encouragement goes a long way. While children learn how to do activities and growing up, juvenile arthritis can create what feels like boundaries. Our physical therapists at Carolina Rehab value compassionate care, which is part of our many promises to our patients. We will develop a physical therapy plan that will help them learn how to strengthen their bodies.

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