Juvenile Arthritis | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is juvenile arthritis diagnosed?

There is no one test for juvenile arthritis. It is diagnosed based on symptoms and a physical exam. In some cases, the doctor may also order tests, such as blood tests, x-rays or other imaging studies to confirm a diagnosis.

What are the treatment options for juvenile arthritis?

There is no cure for juvenile arthritis. However, our goal in treating JIA is to relieve symptoms such as pain and swelling, and maximize your child’s quality of life. The specific treatment your child’s doctor recommends will be based on the type of arthritis your child has as well as his or her specific symptoms.

Most treatment plans include some combination of medication and physical activity.