Wear Blue and Push for a Cure
Today nearly 300,000 kids nationwide are affected by juvenile arthritis, which is why July has become Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is generally considered a disease for the elderly, but kids get arthritis, too. This July, you are able to raise awareness of how this disease affects a younger population while also pushing for a cure. When you wear blue and use the hashtags #CureArthritis and #KidsGetArthritis on social media, you are participating in the effort to spread the word and make a difference. You can also share your story and connect with others who are #StrongerThanJA.
Autoimmune forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, can be extremely aggressive in kids because their immune systems do not fully develop until they are eighteen. Often, the symptoms for juvenile arthritis (JA) are written off as flu symptoms or allergies, delaying a diagnosis. JA symptoms include joint stiffness/swelling/pain, fatigue, limping, persistent fever, eye pain, and blurred vision. Sometimes these diseases can be outgrown.
There are multiple categories a JA diagnosis can fall under, and they are juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA). Read more on juvenile arthritis at publichealthmaps.org, kidshealth.org, and curearthritis.org.
If you are concerned that your child may have juvenile arthritis contact your physician and speak to them about your concerns. If they agree that an MRI is needed to take a look at their joint health, remember Sand Lake Imaging is Orlando’s Best MRI Imaging Center. We also provide much lower costs than hospitals, so if you need to repeat scans to track the progression, Sand Lake Imaging is the best fit for you! We are here to help you, so if you have any questions or concerns please call us at either of our offices: (352) 753-2660 & (407) 363-2772. We also want to make your appointment as hassle-free and easy as possible, so you can streamline your visit online today.