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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-7

Physiotherapy for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review

1 Department of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Krishna College of Physiotherapy, KIMSDTU, Karad, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, “Deemed To Be University”, Karad Malkapur (Dist. Satara), Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sandeep B Shinde
Department of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Krishna College of Physiotherapy, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, “Deemed To Be University,” Karad Malkapur, Karad (Dist. Satara), Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jahas.jahas_10_22

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis(JRA) is defined as a heterogeneous group of chronic inflammatory arthritis that begins at childhood usually below age of 16 years. The severity of the damaged joints increases as the kid gets older, and the possibility that the condition will become dormant also decreases. The treatment program for an Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis child has to be individualized and likewise requires a team approach. Physiotherapy management for such an individual will provide symptomatic relief and will also prevent long- term complications of the same. Hence the purpose of this article is to review the literature on the role of Physiotherapy in Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. We performed a narrative review on the role of physiotherapy in Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and discuss the evidence-based studies. For the purpose of the review, an electronic search for relevant articles using PUBMED, MEDLINE, Pedro, Research Gate, Google Scholar and CINHAL databases up to September 2021 was done wherein MeSH search terms and free words were used. In addition to the electronic search, articles were searched manually for relevant studies. Articles were selected based on authors expertise, self- knowledge and reflective practice. Articles published on an online electronic database were included. We included studies published the studies which included physiotherapy as a choice of treatment. The current study included 11 articles that fulfilled the inclusion criteria suggesting that physiotherapy does a have major role in treating the individuals with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. The above reviewed studies provided evidence that physiotherapy as a mode of treatment is definitely effective in Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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