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  1. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - Surgery

    Surgical treatment may be used in a very small number of children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) who have severe joint deformity, loss of movement, or pain.

  2. Comparing Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are different types of arthritis. Although they share some similar characteristics,each has different symptoms and requires different treatment. Therefore,an accurate diagnosis is important. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects about one-tenth as many people as osteoarthritis. The main difference between ...

  3. Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Topic Overview

    Exercise can reduce pain and improve function in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition,exercise may help prevent the buildup of scar tissue,which can lead to weakness and stiffness. 1 Exercise for arthritis takes three forms: stretching,strengthening,and conditioning. Stretching involves moving joint and muscle groups through and slightly beyond their normal range of motion ...

  4. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - What Happens

    Learn about the unpredictable course of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).

  5. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Features of DMARD and SSARD Drugs - Topic Overview

    Children who have juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are first treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs ) that often provide relief and reduce inflammation. NSAIDs are considered the first-line treatment for JIA. Second-line drug therapy-known interchangeably as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and as slow-acting antirheumatic drugs (SAARDs)-for JIA may be ...

  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Neck Symptoms - Topic Overview

    When rheumatoid arthritis affects the neck joints,particularly those located at the top of the spine,spinal cord complications can occur. Bones and joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis may dislocate and press on the spinal cord. Pressure can cause numbness,pain,tingling,weakness,loss of bowel or bladder control,and unusual head and neck sensations. Pressure may also obstruct blood ...

  7. Leflunomide for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Drug details for Leflunomide for rheumatoid arthritis.

  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Other Causes of Joint Pain - Topic Overview

    Many diseases in addition to rheumatoid arthritis may cause joint pain. Osteoarthritis: The illness most often confused with rheumatoid arthritis is osteoarthritis. Although these diseases share the symptom of severe joint pain with reduced mobility,they have distinct causes and treatments. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear over time or by injury to the joints,which results in the ...

  9. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - Exams and Tests

    Findings from a physical examination, including the pattern and nature of joint symptoms, are important keys to the diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). In most cases, routine lab results do not point to an obvious diagnosis of this disease.

  10. Methotrexate for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Drug details for Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis.

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