A common misconception exists that kids don't get arthritis.
In fact, they do, but there are only 200 specialists- pediatric rheumatologists-in the country to treat the nearly 300,000 kids in the U.S. with juvenile arthritis, and each child experiences it differently.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more in today's Health Minute.
"There are a lot of pieces to put together and I still don't think I've pulled them all together- I haven't got it all figured out."
Isabela Brown-Soler seems like your typical 7-year-old.
"I like to run around and play with my friends and just have fun."
But along with that fun, sometimes comes pain.
"I don't really know when I overdo it or not. I only know after like sometimes the next day."
When she was just twelve months old, Isabela was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.
"These are children who have joint pain, joint swelling and limitation."
Eye inflammation is sometimes a part of the disease. There are often no symptoms, so regular exams are crucial.
"Ongoing eye inflammation can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, visual loss and even blindness."
Treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, pain relievers and medications to suppress the immune system to control the arthritis.
Being active is also key.
"The most important thing is to prevent progression of the arthritis so that you don't have damage down the line."
Preventing, slowing damage, one step at a time.
For today's Health Minute, I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta.