CONSIDERATIONS FOR ARTHRITIC CHANGES IN ADOLESCENTS
posted: Mar 23, 2020.
Joint pain can occur in children and in adults. It is important to consider arthritis/arthralgia when a patient comes into the clinic complaining of pain and discomfort. Arthalgia is known as pain in and around the joints. Pain in and around the joints without swelling can also be due to trauma, biomechanical problems, or soft tissue injuries (pulling a muscle). If swelling is present it is important to also consider infections. Thus, it is important to take a proper history of where the patient has been, has their been any injuries to the area, increase in activity or family history of any diseases.
Childhood arthritis is one of the five most common chronic diseases that can be experienced and can occur more frequently than diseases such as diabetes or cystic fibrosis. Some common types of childhood arthritis include: juvenile idiopathic arthritis or even psoriatic arthritis.
Some signs may even be indicators of arthritic changes occurring. Clothing can be a big indicator as patients may feel uncomfortable or in pain wearing jeans with buttons or zippers and may adapt to wearing sweat pants with elastics. Other indicators exist as well as less activity in gym class, less interest in sports/activities and even reducing the amount of time one goes to the bathroom to avoid sitting and standing up frequently.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of pain, discomfort, swelling in and around the joints it is important to get evaluated by a specialist.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.