World Young Rheumatic Diseases (WORD) Day is held annually on 18 March. It is an awareness raising day to help spread the word that children and young people get rheumatic diseases (arthritis) too. The ultimate aim of WORD Day is to help in early diagnoses, and referral to specialised paediatric rheumatologists to get the treatment needed.
You may have thought arthritis is a condition that only affects older people, but infact there are over 6000 children and young people in
Australia with some form of arthritis.
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, or JIA, refers to all types of arthritis that affect children and young people. The name comes from:
JIA is one of the most common, as well as serious, persistent medical conditions of childhood. Some common symptoms include joint pain and swelling, joint stiffness, fatigue, skin rashes, fever, and generally feeling unwell. Some forms can even lead to inflammation of the eyes (uveitis) and other organs. These symptoms impact on normal every day things like school, sports and making friends.
The causes of JIA are not yet fully understood. There is no single test to diagnose JIA, and it often involves a number of steps. Referral to a rheumatologist is essential to confirm the diagnosis and start treatment.
During March, we'll be posting daily about WORD Day and JIA. The more people we can reach, means the more people aware that kids get arthritis too.
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You are invited to join the Queensland Children’s Hospital Rheumatology team for a Park Run at South Bank on Saturday, 14 March 2020 at 7am. Meet near the Riverside Green Playground. This event is a great opportunity to meet other children who have a rheumatic disease and their families and friends. You can help to raise awareness by wearing blue or carrying a blue balloon on the day.