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Massage aids return to normal life after chronic arthritis
Published 3 December 2010
British Medical Journal -
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common cause of chronic arthritis in childhood; it is characterised by joint inflammation that often leads to joint destruction with physical disability and chronic pain that affects daily life.
During the past decade, increased understanding of the disease has improved treatment, particularly through earlier diagnosis and new treatments that help to prevent long term damage to joints. Earlier this year, the British Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology published standards of care for children and young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, which outlined the importance of involving different disciplines within healthcare.
The British Medical Journal reviewed recent advances in the diagnosis and management
of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and summarised that physiotherapy is important
to maintain normal muscle and joint function combined with rehabilitation-
Femke H M Prince, Marieke H Otten, Lisette W A van Suijlekom-