Over 60,000 Canadian children and youths face the debilitating chronic pain of childhood arthritis (CA), robbing them of their childhoods. The Arthritis Society wants to hand back childhood, and help these kids enjoy being kids. In recognition of March as Childhood Arthritis Month, The Arthritis Society is raising awareness throughout the Month with a number of events and initiatives.
During March, Canadians will be able to help “hand back childhood” by making donations to a dedicated childhood arthritis fund at www.arthritis.ca/childhood. The fund will support research, programs and other initiatives specifically targeted to addressing the challenges of CA.
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WHAT IS CHILDHOOD ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is inflammation in the joints, the places where the bones come together. Childhood arthritis (CA) is one of the more common disorders resulting in chronic disability in children and adolescents in Canada. CA can be defined as continuous inflammation (pain, stiffness and swelling) of one or more joints lasting at least six weeks for which no other cause can be found.
Many people think that arthritis is something only old people get. Children and teenagers get a type of arthritis called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). "Juvenile" means young (16 years of age or younger) and "idiopathic" means the cause is not known. JIA is also sometimes called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).