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Treatments for Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Treatment List for Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Juvenile idiopathic arthritis includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • NSAID's, physical therapy, steroid medication
  • Treatment is dictated by the severity of symptoms, the number of joints affected, and other organ involvement. Treatments include:
    • Explanation - Education plays an important role in arthritis management
    • Exercise - encouragement to exercise within the limits of pain and use of exercise programs may have long term benefits
    • Physiotherapy - can assist with regaining and maintaining joint function
    • Occupational therapy - can assist with management at home and mobility aids
    • Simple analgesics (used regularly) - such as paracetamol can be effective in control of pain either alone or in combination with other agents
    • NSAIDs - frequently used as first line therapy and reduce pain and swelling
    • Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDS) - include methotrexate and sulfasalazine, and are used when symptoms are not controlled with NSAIDS alone, and also to slow disease progression
    • TNF (Tumour necrosis factor) blockers - such as entanercept and infliximab may be used
    • Corticosteroids - either oral or pulsed IV, used when control is not achieved with other agents, or for rapid control of symptoms with flare of disease. Because of side effects, steroids are usually used for the shortest time possible
    • Surgery - may have a role in management of joint deformities resulting from arthritis

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