Rheumatoid Arthritis Juvenile Treatment
Treatment for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis usually includes physical therapy, exercise, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, and medications that suppress the immune system, such as etanercept.
Treatment options for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Calcium rich diet
- Supplements (calcium and vitamin D) to address potential for osteoporosis
- Supplements to address anemia
- Resting an splinting for actively inflamed joints to relieve pain:
- Nighttime splinting is advised
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Naproxen (Aleve, Naprelan, Naprosyn)n
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- Diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam)
- Tolmetin (Tolectin)
- Indomethacin (Indocin)
- Meloxicam (Mobic)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Oral corticosteroids:
- Injectable corticosteroids:
- Medications that suppress the immune system:
- Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors:
- Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist:
- Interleukin-6 receptor antagonist:
- Physical therapy for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis:
- Joint replacement in knees
- Joint replacement in hips
- Other surgery to address severe arthritis and deformity
Rheumatoid Arthritis Juvenile Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to school?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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