What is the role of activity modifications in the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Encourage patients to be as active as possible. Bed rest is not a part of the treatment. In fact, the more active the patient, the better the long-term prognosis. Children may experience increased pain during routine physical activities. As a result, these children must be allowed to self-limit their activities, particularly during physical education classes. A consistent physical therapy program, with attention to stretching exercises, pain modalities, joint protection, and home exercises, can help ensure that patients are as active as possible.


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