“It started in my knee”: What it’s like having arthritis at 15
Camp Footloose, an annual camp for young people with arthritis has just wrapped up. The camp provides an opportunity for kids from 9 to 18 yrs to have fun, meet other kids with arthritis and challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment. “It started in my knee”
Older Australians are aware of arthritis but many people, including health professionals, are not aware that arthritis affects children and not only in their joints but can also cause inflammation in their eyes which can lead to vision loss.
Arthritis in children is managed with medication and injections, with around 60 percent of young people growing out of their arthritis. Unfortunately, 40% of children do continue to have arthritis into adulthood. The young people who have these for longer often have more severe disease and have a greater chance of having joint damage or limitations from their arthritis.
“We understand how each other are feeling.” Mikaya
Dr Singh-Grewal said “Camp Footloose was a chance for the children to master new skills, discover ways to manage their conditions, build resilience and develop support networks.
“So if someone’s in pain we’re able to help them and talk them through it, rather than not really knowing what they’re going through or thinking they’r different”
Clearly the young people found it helpful and enjoyable. If you are interested in finding out about Camp Footloose, you can find more information on the Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW. Camps for Kids with Arthritis