By Ruth Bjorklund

ISBN-10: 0761439846

ISBN-13: 9780761439844

ISBN-10: 0761446168

ISBN-13: 9780761446163

This hugely readable and intensely invaluable sequence offers younger readers with all they should learn about a number of health conditions.

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Arthritis A young boy with arthritis gets a massage as part of a pain management plan. Education Having information about arthritis is the key to coping with the disease. People with arthritis, as well as their friends and families, should learn as much as they can. They should also communicate with their health care team about how the treatment plan is working. When patients are old enough, they should be responsible for taking their own medications and following through with physical therapy.

Does it change during the day? • What makes the pain worse? Better? • Do medicines help? If so, what are the medicines? • Does the pain cause trouble with eating, sleeping, or daily activities? If so, how? , resting, yoga, distraction, stretching, cold packs, hot bath, massage)? , walking, climbing stairs, typing, bending)? Living with Arthritis Having a tutor help with at-home studies is helpful for young patients who may have to miss school when their arthritis flares up. 53 Arthritis meeting to decide what extra help Jason may need in school.

Many of their medicines deprive their bodies of essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and certain proteins. Without these nutrients, patients can suffer from increased inflammation, pain, and intestinal upset. Very often, they must add supplements to their diet. A nutritionist can design diets for people with special needs. Other important specialists are occupational therapists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, and orthopedic surgeons. Occupational therapists help people with their small motor skills, such as using a pencil, opening a door, or typing on a keyboard.

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