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Best Aids for Juvenile Arthritis
What is Arthritis?
For those who don't know, arthritis is a disorder that involves painful inflammation of the joints. Millions of people suffer from arthritis, which can be truly painful and debilitating. In fact, the term arthritis doesn't denote just a single disease; it is actually used in reference to over 100 different disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis (seen in the photos here).
In children under the age of 16, it is usually referred to as juvenile arthritis (or as a juvenile form of various disorders, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis). However, there are a number of mechanical aids that can help combat arthritis - particularly wih respect to children.
Arthritis gloves have a great reputation for offering pain relief to those suffering from an arthritic disorder. They offer gentle compression to help with painful, inflamed joints and arthritis flare-ups.
In addition, they don't interefere with your normal routine or everyday activities such as typing, sewing, etc. Moreover, they are known for keeping your hands snug and warm.
Simply put, arthritic gloves can help those who suffer from juvenile arthritis to continue doing many of the things that are done by youths who don't suffer from the disease.
Arthritic Inserts (aka Orthotics)
Technically, the term orthotics refers to the field of designing and manufacturing orthoses, which are devices used to support or correct the function of ineffective or weak joints, muscles, limbs, etc. However, orthotics has generally come to refer to inserts for shoes that help deal with arthritis and other types of disorders associated with the foot.
In short, a foot orthotic or orthosis (the singular of orthoses) help with pain associated with arthritic conditions, but also issues stemming from heels spurs, plantar fasciitis and the like. Thus, juveniles with arthritic foot problems don't necessarily have to be limited with respect to the activities they can participate in.
Knee Brace Orthotics
A knee brace is pretty much a must-have for anyone suffering from knee arthritis. It provides exceptional pain relief while at the same time offering comfort, stability and great range of motion.
In addition, if you suffer from other disorders or issues (such as runner's knee, or some other chronic knee condition), a knee brace is practically a necessity. moreover, many models (like that shown) will fit neatly and unobtrusively under clothing. In this way, adolescents with arthritis don't necessarily have to be limited by their disorder.
This brace gives outstanding support for those suffering from pain in the ankles. It also provides much-needed protection and stability.
It's great for sprained ankles and helps minimize swelling. (if you've ever rolled an ankle, you'll know what I'm talking about.) Even better, it helps minimize the risk of re-injury.
In brief, a child suffering from arthritic ankle problems may be able to minimize any pain or discomfort typically experienced, and be able to romp and play with other kids.
Do you or anyone you know use arthritis aids?
In short, arthritis is unquestionably a serious disease with the ability to severely impact one's quality of life - especially when the person in question is fairly young. Thankfully, there are many aids available that can help young victims of arthritis stay as active as many of their peers. (In fact, the aids mentioned here can help those with arthritis in any age group.)