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How does Occupational Therapy help?

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Occupational therapists provide support for daily task for kids with arthritic diseases.
Occupational Therapists help children and young people to participate in activities that they need to do every day at home and school. Occupational Therapists — sometimes referred to OTs — can do an assessment with you and your parents to work out which daily activities you find difficult and make a plan with you based on your goals. It is really important to protect your sore joints but also…
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It started in my knee!

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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…
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Joint injections

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Many children benefit from steroid injections into inflammed joints. Paedriatic Rheumatology Network. Photo courtesy of Eddie Kopp via Unsplash.
Some children with rheumatologic problems such as JIA require injections of steroid into the joint. It’s usually effective because it does three things at once: treats the inflammation, decreases the damage to the joint and provides pain relief. The medical term for a joint injection is intra-articular injection. The procedure involves inserting a needle into…
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Save the date: conference on kids arthritis planned

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In August 2018, the first conference in Australia about Kids with Arthritis will be held in Queensland. The conference is being organised by Queensland Rheumatology and the Zoe’s Angels — a fundraising organisation for children with arthritis — in conjunction with Arthritis Australia and Arthritis Queensland. The aim of the conference is to educate and…
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Sun safety

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Photo courtesy of James Douglas via Unsplash
With summer holidays fast approaching, we will be spending more time outdoors, it seems like a good time to remind everyone all about sun safety. Parents often ask us here at PRN, “now our child has been diagnosed with a rheumatologic disease, how vigilant do we have to be with sun safety?”. In Australia, while…
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