Kids and Arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t just affect older people. Kids get arthritis too…

Between 1 and 4 in every 1,000 Australian children have arthritis.

We have two (2) online support groups on Facebook available to people affected by juvenile arthritis, including parents and carers. These closed groups are moderated by Arthritis NSW staff and you can join by clicking on the links below and then requesting to join the group:

Jack helps us to understand juvenile arthritis

There are thousands of children in Australia with juvenile arthritis! Understanding this condition can be tough.

In this video, Jack explains his story and how he was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. He talks about his swollen knee, his journey with the disease and his visits to the doctor and to his rheumatologist.

Jack discusses medication and how it helps to manage his condition. He talks about gentle exercise, resting, techniques on managing his pain and how he keeps a positive attitude.

Jack also talks about attending the fun children’s camp each year for kids with juvenile arthritis.

Get support and advice today. Call our help and support line on 1800 011 041 for free information on juvenile arthritis.

Find out more information about our annual kids camps by clicking on the links below:

The Journal of Rheumatology has produced an interesting article entitled, Surfing for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Perspectives on Quality and Content of Information on the Internet. The objective of the article was to determine the quality and content of English language internet information about juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) from the perspectives of consumers and healthcare professionals.

View the whole article here

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We offer a comprehensive membership program that aims to help people improve their quality of life and is working to keep NSW moving. Our focus is to ensure that our members are well-informed, educated and supported to aid in managing their condition and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

“My daughter Siennah, was diagnosed just before her second birthday in 2011 with Pauciarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was diagnosed at two with arthritis in her right knee and now also in her right wrist. I subscribed to [Arthritis NSW] to help me gain more information about arthritis to help me with Siennah and what she would be dealing with.”

Kylie, mother to Siennah who has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

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