Quick Facts About Juvenile Arthritis

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Arthritis is characterized by inflammation caused by loss of the cartilage between the bones of a joint. Cartilage is a tough but smooth connective tissue that allows the bones of the knee, elbow, or other joint to glide across one another without pain or grinding. When the cartilage is worn away or lost, bones rub directly on one another, causing inflammation, pain, and mobility problems.

Juvenile arthritis is a term used to describe a group of arthritic disorders that affect children aged 16 or younger and may be autoimmune or inflammatory in nature. These diseases can arise in several different forms and may involve the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and eyes, as well as the joints. No concrete cause has been determined for most forms of this disease, but genetics, diet, allergies, and other factors may impact disease development.

Receiving a diagnosis of juvenile arthritis can be difficult for the entire family. To find expert medical support for yourself and your family, contact the experts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727 today.