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Many people seem to think arthritis is a symptom of gettingolder. It’s widely believed that in our older age, arthritis, tosome degree, will likely hit. But children and teens can alsodevelop various types of arthritis, and the Arthritis Foundation istrying to bring awareness to this debilitating disease.

According to the Foundation, juvenile arthritis is consideredany form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition that developsin children or teenagers under 18. Their recent stats show thatnearly 300,000 children under 18 are affected by pediatricarthritis and rheumatologic conditions.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants areamong key healthcareprofessionals who can help treat kids with juvenile arthritis.Exercise and physical therapy have been proven to be essential intreating the condition – in young and old – as range-of-motionmovements help keep joints flexible and strengthening muscles helpsbetter support weak joints.

If this sounds like something you’d like to help with, considerSanford-Brown’s occupational therapy assistant program.

Information in this article was provided by the Sanford-Brown Institute – NewYork. Contact Sanford-Brown today if you’re interested indeveloping marketable knowledge and career-relevant skills with anindustry-current degree program. (Sanford-Brown Institute does notguarantee employment or salary.)

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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