July 2014 Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Coping with a chronic illness is difficult for anyone, but it can be especially hard to handle for children. Juvenile arthritis, which develops in children 16 and younger, is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues. It can hamper or even halt physical movement.
As the prevalence of juvenile arthritis rises, researchers and doctors are working to develop a better understanding of the differences between forms of arthritis and their best treatments.