What is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)?
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is inflammation of the joints that starts before the age of 16. We don't yet know exactly what causes it. Read more
What causes JIA?
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attack the body's own tissues. It's not known exactly why this happens but it's thought a combination of genetic and environmental factors might be involved. Read more
How is JIA diagnosed?
To diagnose juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) your doctor will ask questions and examine you to rule out other types of illness that can cause joint pain. You may also need some tests. Read more
What are the different types of JIA?
There are several different types of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Oligoarthritis, the most common type, affects about two-thirds of young people with arthritis. Read more
What effects can JIA have on my body?
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can affect different people in different ways. You might experience varying joint symptoms, eye inflammation and growth problems, and sometimes it can affect puberty. Read more
What treatments are there for JIA?
Treatments for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can include drugs, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Read more
How can I help myself when I have JIA?
Exercise and a well-balanced diet will help with your general health but it's also helpful to learn about your condition, particularly ways of managing the pain and fatigue. Read more
What is the outlook for JIA?
Although some people will find that their condition stays active into adulthood, most cases of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have a good outcome. Read more
Growing up with JIA
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can affect different areas of your life as you grow up, for example school, friendships and relationships, but advice is available. Read more
Who can I talk to about JIA?
You may find it's useful to talk about any issues that juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) causes. Your school/college nurse, tutor or a member of your rheumatology team may be able to help. Read more
How will my relationship with my doctor change?
If you’re currently looked after in a children’s department you’ll eventually need to be transferred to an adult rheumatology department. The process of moving from child- to adult-centred health services is called transition. Read more
What if I need help at school?
You may be eligible for an Individualised Education Plan (IEP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs at school. Read more
What else should I know about living with JIA?
Information is available about finances, learning and training, work, and driving and getting around when you have juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Read more