Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
A number of conditions can cause painful, stiff joints in children. Reference Juvenile idiopathic arthritis Opens New Window (JIA) is a relatively uncommon cause of these symptoms. Most often, joint pain can be linked to an injury.
Other conditions that may be confused with JIA include:
- Reference Growing pains Opens New Window.
- Injury or overuse (knee pain, Reference bursitis Opens New Window, Reference tendinitis Opens New Window).
- Other inflammatory diseases, including Reference lupus Opens New Window, Reference rheumatic fever Opens New Window, or other types of arthritis.
- Hypermobility syndrome ("double-jointed"), which can cause joint pain at night and after heavy or unusual activity. The child may show unusual ability to overextend or overstraighten the knees, fingers, hands, or elbows.
- Reference Lyme disease Opens New Window.
- Inflammation in a joint caused by a foreign body, such as a splinter in the joint.
- A condition in which the upper end of the thighbone slips off the rest of the bone (slipped capital femoral epiphysis).
- A tumor.
- Infection of a joint (bacterial or Reference septic arthritis Opens New Window).
- Infection of a bone (Reference osteomyelitis Opens New Window).
- Arthritis associated with Reference inflammatory bowel disease Opens New Window.
- Other diseases that affect cell growth, such as Reference leukemia Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics