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Treatment for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)

Alternative Medicine

Some alternative or complementary approaches for JRA, such as acupuncture, may help a child handle some of the stress of living with an ongoing illness. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) considers acupuncture an acceptable additional treatment for arthritis. Studies show it eases pain, may lower the need for painkillers, and can boost flexibility in affected joints. But it doesn’t stop joint damage from getting worse with some forms of JRA. 

Let your doctor know if you want to try alternative treatments. Your doctor can check on what’s effective and safe. Even with these therapies, keep up with your child’s medical care.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on May 18, 2015
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