by John Frederick Wolfe, M.D.
Exercise is always a hot topic in the media these days, but exercise for children with arthritis is a topic that needs discussion. Children get arthritis, too. Once that diagnosis has been made, it is very important to keep muscles strong and joints mobile. A rheumatologist can make a diagnosis of one of the many different kinds of arthritis that exist in children. These different types of arthritis are addressed on very specific individual bases. Some types of inflammatory arthritis require rest and heat with very, very gentle range of motion exercises. Other types require a good exercise program with stretching and muscle strengthening to get these kids functioning as normally and being as active as possible. Read more →