A typical program for children suffering from juvenile arthritis or related disorders includes:
- Joint protection. Children learn the importance of good posture, energy conservation and use of assistive devices to minimize stress on joints.
- Exercise. The center's team develops an individualized exercise programs and physical activity guide for the child.
- Pain management. Both the child and family members learn new ways to control pain and deal with the associated stresses of daily living.
- Nutrition. A balanced diet is developed with recommendations for supplements if indicated. Parents receive advice on coping with other dietary problems, such as a child who is a finicky eater.
- School issues. Parents are assisted in educating teachers about childhood arthritis and developing a plan that allows the child to flexibility in learning and adaptation for his or her needs.
- Medications. Extensive orientation is given to the parents and children about the proper use and side effects of the drugs and treatment of the rheumatic conditions.