Thursday, August 9, 2012
Medical Reports: A Kid's Condition
When most people hear the word 'arthritis,' they think of it as an adult condition. But many children suffer from this disease, too. 7's Alexis Rivera shows us why arthritis can also be 'A Kid's Condition.'
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These kids are having a blast doing Zumba on a hot summer day, so it may be hard to believe that every one of them suffers from a form of arthritis.
Emma Alonso, Has Arthritis: "It started when I was 3 and a half years old."
Emma remembers the pain she felt.
Emma Alonso, Has Arthritis: "It starts hurting a lot, like you can't walk or bend down or pick up anything from the floor."
Her mom didn't know what to think.
Erika Alonso, Emma's Mom: "I wondered if that was normal, part of her development."
Emma was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, an autoimmune disorder seen in children.
Doctors at Miami Children's Hospital say there can be many symptoms.
Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon, Miami Children's Hospital: "Inflammation in the joints, limping, morning stiffness, fevers, fatigue."
That's why the hospital started Camp Funrise, a one-week summer camp for kids with arthritis.
There's a big focus on exercise here, because staying active is a critical part of treatment.
Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon, Miami Children's Hospital: "It's very important, because you want to keep the muscles in good shape, the bones in good shape."
Twelve-year-old Kaadeem came all the way from Dubai to take part in the camp.
Kaadeem Alrahlomi, Has Arthritis: "I can't even describe it. It makes me comfortable."
Matthew is a counselor now, but he used to be a camper.
He was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, which causes joint pain and rashes, when he was just six years old.
Matthew Ridge, Camp Counselor: "It got to the point where I couldn't get out of the bed by myself."
He says the key is to be as active as you can on the days you feel good.
Matthew Ridge, Camp Counselor: "Your body is not against you. It just has days off."
Emma enjoys being with other kids who understand what she's going through and encourages others battling arthritis to keep on moving.
Emma Alonso, Has Arthritis: "Even though you could feel the pain and everything, you still have to try, just try, try your best."
Alexis Rivera: "The good news is, following proper treatment, many children go into remission."
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Miami Children's Hospital