Juvenile Arthritis

Juvenile arthritis can significantly affect a child’s ability to participate in activities they love. The pediatric rheumatologists at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital tailor treatment to a child’s symptoms and needs. We help maximize your child’s symptom relief, getting them back to enjoying life.

There are several types of juvenile arthritis, each with its own set of symptoms and treatments. At Children’s Hospital, our pediatric rheumatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of complex autoimmune problems such as juvenile arthritis.

Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts work together and with families to help relieve children’s symptoms while helping them live a fuller life, free from the constraints of pain and inflammation.

What is juvenile arthritis?

Juvenile arthritis, sometimes called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is a name doctors use when referring to a group of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that commonly affect children.

Juvenile arthritis symptoms

Symptoms will vary depending on the type of juvenile arthritis. Children under the age of 16 may experience one or more of these common symptoms:

  • Pain, generalized or specific to a certain area

  • Joint swelling

  • Problems walking, especially in kids who could walk well previously

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Mood changes, such as irritability or depression

Comprehensive care for children with juvenile arthritis

While no cure exists for juvenile arthritis, our specialists use the latest diagnostic tests and their clinical expertise to provide a precise diagnosis. Knowing what’s causing your child’s symptoms is the first step to finding relief.  

We offer a range of treatments targeted at patients’ symptoms and disease process. Our specialists always start with the least invasive treatment approach that suits your child’s circumstances.

Your doctor may recommend:

  • Medication to relieve symptoms or alter the disease process

  • Physical therapy exercises to strengthen muscles

  • Diet recommendations to support nutritional goals


Team care for bone, muscle or joint pain

Sometimes, pediatric rheumatologists consult with other pediatric specialists to ensure that all of your child’s physical and emotional needs are addressed sufficiently.

Your care team may include:

  • Pediatric gastroenterologists (doctors who care for problems related to the digestive tract)

  • Pediatric ophthalmologists (eye doctors)

  • Pediatric orthopedic surgeons

  • Pediatric nephrologists (kidney doctors)

  • Rehabilitation specialists

  • Nutrition professionals

  • Psychiatrists