Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
A number of conditions can cause painful, stiff joints in
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a relatively
uncommon cause of these symptoms. Most often, joint pain can be linked to an
Other conditions that may be confused with JIA
Sam Williams and his parents knew something was wrong when it hurt for the 8-year-old to grip a baseball bat, but they never considered juvenile arthritis.
It hurt to write, giving Sam a sound excuse for not wanting to do his homework -- or even his work at school. After several weeks, Sam's pain grew worse -- and moved into his knees. He also had pain in his jaw and had trouble walking.
"His brother had to carry him piggyback up the stairs," says Rose Williams, Sam's mother.
After several months,...
Hypermobility syndrome ("double-jointed"), which can
cause joint pain at night and after heavy or unusual activity. The child may
show unusual ability to overextend or overstraighten the knees, fingers, hands,