Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

  • Did you know that one of the most common childhood diseases in the United States is Juvenile Arthritis?
  • In the month of July, officials are dedicated to increase awareness of early signs and symptoms and to ease the focus of resources for the battle of the disease.
  • Currently, Juvenile Arthritis affects 300,000 children nationwide; and that’s only the cases that are diagnosed.
  • “I actually think there are some (cases) that are probably missed,” said Tracy Ramsey, a Family Nurse Practitioner at Lawrence County Hospital’s Primary Care Clinic. “That’s probably because we’re dealing with people of a young age. We might assume that a kid hurt himself on the playground, and that’s why there is swelling. We just kind of ignore it, write it off to a kid being clumsy.”
  • There are three classifications of Juvenile Arthritis: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), Juvenile Chronic Arthritis (JCA) and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).
  • At this moment there is no cure for Juvenile Arthritis.
  • To learn more about Juvenile Arthritis and to hear more from Ramsey, click here.