July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month and we want to shed some light on this disease that affects more than 300,000 children in America. Arthritis is commonly thought of as an “old” person disease, but in the last several decades juvenile cases have grown substantially. Raising awareness about the existence of juvenile arthritis can help parents and families who have children affected by this disease but may have not known where to go to look for answers.

Though Juvenile Arthritis is arthritis, it’s not the same as the aches and pains we sometimes feel as we get advanced in age. Children with juvenile arthritis suffer from various autoimmune forms of arthritis. Autoimmune forms of arthritis basically means that their young bodies’ immune systems are attacking their joints. This attack on the joints causes swelling, stiffness and, in many cases, can lead to permanent damage in the joint. Juvenile Arthritis is a serious condition and if left untreated can result in loss of mobility, blindness and even death in severe cases. These children need our support — their families need our support.

    • Each July the medical community rallies around the Juvenile Arthritis community to show their support and help raise awareness to the existence of this disease. The Arthritis National Research Foundation has some great ways to show support and help raise awareness on their website at https://curearthritis.org/juvenile-arthritis-awareness-month/ Some of these include:
      •    Making a donation to a Juvenile Arthritis Foundation
      •    Wearing Arthritis Awareness gear (can be purchased all over the internet or on their website)
      •    Participate in Awareness runs and walks across the country
      •    Post about Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month on Social Media

If you are interested in learning more about Juvenile Arthritis and how you can help, check out the website above. If you’re a parent with a child you think may have symptoms or you’ve just moved to town and are looking for a doctor for your child with Juvenile Arthritis, Rutherfords Best Doctors is here to help. Our directory of the BEST doctors in Rutherford County is a great place to start researching your next doctor.

You can find our directory at http://Rutherfordsbestdoctors.com/directory