Living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can be quite challenging for children. The ailment makes it difficult to perform day to day tasks but physical therapy can ease the juvenile RA pain. Regular exercise is recommended for kids suffering from this disease as it helps to strengthen the muscles and joints which are responsible for mobility.
If your child has juvenile arthritis adding physical therapy in his daily routine may take the pain away from his basic activities like walking or writing. Read on to discover how you can use physical therapy to relieve the juvenile RA pain and prevent your child from further damage and disability.
Physical Therapy for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Understanding Physical Therapy
A set of exercises and easy joint and muscle movement which are beneficial in relieving juvenile RA can be defined as rheumatoid arthritis physical therapy. These exercises can be divided in two different categories; one that helps to keep joints mobile and other which works on strengthening the RA affected muscles and joints.
Inactive joints have greater risk of reverting RA which can be controlled with anti inflammation drugs. Since continuous mobilization of joints is necessary for RA patients physical therapy becomes a vital part of juvenile RA treatment.
Physical therapists can advice a range of exercises to your child that can be performed at the comfort of home. They may also recommend using some pain relieving ointments or techniques to ease the soreness that can occur while exercising. Use of warm packs, Ice packs and hot bath are often advised to ease soreness due to exercise.
Choose the Right Exercise
There is a range of exercises that has been designed for different juvenile RA stages. Make sure to discuss your child’s options with his therapist.
Like choosing a right exercise may alleviate arthritis pain selecting a wrong one might damage delicate joints and muscles or increase tenderness. Once you select exercises which are suitable for your child’s condition ask your child to alter his lifestyle in order to accommodate the exercises in his daily routine.
Using Splint Support
Splint can be very helpful to support stiffed joints in order to make them functional. Since rheumatoid arthritis affects the cartilage in the joints a splint may help to support the joint and prevent soreness and acute pain. A physical therapist can design a splint to support RA affected joints in hand or leg. In the cases of uneven legs shoe insert can be attached with the shoes for preventing pain and soreness. The splint can be made by any material like plastic or wood.
Get Smart about Exercising
Manage your time smartly. Your child doesn’t need to spend hours exercising to keep himself fit. Most of these exercises can be performed in small batches of 5-10 minutes. For example shoulder and neck exercises can be performed while watching television. Easy fun exercises like pushing a wall and kicking can work as a warm up routine before your child go out to play.
If your child starts to get bored by exercising alone call some of his friends or family to join in and make it a fun event. Put on some music and let them move to the beat.
However, sporting activity cannot replace the physical therapy it can be helpful to improve your child’s physical health and social skills.
Certain activities like riding bicycle and swimming are very beneficial in treating RA. Both of these exercises require many joint movements that develop the mobility of the joints. On the other hand exercises which might put pressure on the joints like jumping, jogging and running should be avoided.
Relief from Morning Stiffness
Most kids with RA experience soreness and stiffness after a night’s sleep or a day’s nap and the strength of the stiffness determine the seriousness of rheumatoid arthritis. Physical therapy can be very effective in treating this problem. Several motion exercises increase the mobility of the joints and reduce soreness and ease morning stiffness pain.
Following some basic exercise regime is important in order to avoid the side effects. Tell your child to remember these basics before beginning his exercise. Make sure to do some warm up before you kick start stretching the muscles. Do not stop abruptly after a long session of exercise. Allow your body to cool down for 2-3 minutes before you come to a stop. Always use solid plain surface for stretching exercises. Don’t pump up you exercise time unnecessarily instead increase the amount of exercise gradually. Take a break and give your muscles and joint some rest if you feel soreness after exercising.