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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is juvenile arthritis preventable?

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    Dr Greg Sher


    I am the Clinic Director of the Sydney Spine and Sports Clinic.At our clinic, we see an equal mix of city office workers and elite … View Profile

    In short, the answer is no.
    The cause of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is unknown at this point. Theories that have been proposed are that there is a genetic influence, or that an infection may trigger JIA.
    It is important to note that the process is not infectious, but is what is termed as an auto-immune condition. In auto-immune conditions, the body attacks its own tissues. No one really knows why this occurs. It is therefore an inflammatory condition.
    JIA occurs in children under the age of 15, and symptoms often include joint stiffness, pain, swelling, tenderness to touch and possible redness around the affected joint.
    If you suspect your child has JIA, effective management occurs from early detection, so speak to your GP – rather err on the side of caution.
    A great resource if you have any more questions is “Arthritis NSW”.
    I hope this helps – don’t hesitate to be in contact if you need more information. 

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