July 9, 2015: July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. The word “arthritis” might call to mind images of older adults, and with good reason – aging is a primary cause of osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 27 million Americans.
But arthritis isn't exclusive to adults, children can develop arthritis as well. Juvenile arthritis isn’t a specific condition but an umbrella term that includes numerous types and subtypes.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Susan Klepper, PT, PhD, will walk us through those types of juvenile arthritis and describe typical treatments for the disease.
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Susan Klepper, PT, PhD, is a pediatric physical therapist with over 38 years experience working with children in school systems, early intervention, and home care. She teaches the physical therapy courses on pediatric conditions, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and exercise in adults with arthritis at Drexel University. She recently received the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals’ (ARHP) Distinguished Educator Award for her work in educating students, children, and families about childhood arthritis. She holds a clinical appointment in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital for research and teaching activities in pediatrics and frequently consults with the pediatric rheumatology team at Children’s Hospital of New York (CHONY).