Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Soft Tissue Release of Contracture - Topic Overview
A contracture is a joint abnormally bent by shortened soft tissues in and around the joint. The shortened tissues pull the bone out of normal position. A contracture may develop in a joint affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Because of the effectiveness of today's treatments,your child probably will not develop contractures. But if a contracture does develop,treatment may ...
Sulfasalazine for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Sulfasalazine for rheumatoid arthritis.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Range-of-Motion Exercises - Topic Overview
Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) must do regular range-of-motion exercises to prevent contractures and to maintain joint range and flexibility. If your child is 4 years old or younger,an adult will need to move the child's joints through the range-of-motion exercises. This is called passive range of motion. The adult will gently move the joints from a bent position to a ...
Medical History and Physical Exam for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
The most important steps in diagnosing juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) are the medical history and physical examination. Your child's health professional may ask some of the following questions:How long do symptoms last, both during a single day and over time? At what age did symptoms first begin?Which joints are affected? How many joints are affected?Are the same joints always affected or do
Minocycline for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Minocycline for rheumatoid arthritis.
Gold Salts for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Gold salts for rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Classification Criteria - Topic Overview
These criteria were developed by the American College of Rheumatology in 1988 and are still used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Of these seven criteria,four are needed for a diagnosis. Criteria 1 through 4 must have been present for at least 6 weeks. 1 Morning stiffness lasting at least 1 hour before major improvement Arthritis in three or more of the following joint areas on either side ...
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Serial Casting - Topic Overview
Some children who have developed mild to moderate contractures (knees,ankles,wrists,fingers,elbows) may benefit from serial casting. Serial casting is a temporary straightening and casting of the affected joint (for about 2 days). The cast is then removed,the child goes through some physical therapy,and a new cast is applied with the joint stretched a bit more. The procedure is repeated ...
Corticosteroids for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Corticosteroids for rheumatoid arthritis.
Medical History and Physical Exam for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Your medical history and current medical condition are important factors that help your health professional diagnose and/or evaluate rheumatoid arthritis. To assess your medical history, your health professional may ask:How long symptoms have been present and whether there has been any pattern to them.Whether there is a family history of arthritis.Whether there are any other general symptoms ...