Children who have
juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) should avoid
keeping their joints bent for long periods of time, such as when sleeping.
These positions can encourage stiffening of the joints.
Wearing a resting splint at night will help keep the joints straight
(especially the wrist and hand, knee and ankle) and may help prevent pain at
night. This may decrease morning stiffness as well as help prevent
Working splints (such as a wrist splint to keep the wrist extended)
can help support a joint and relieve pain when writing or doing other hand
When splints are
used, regular range-of-motion exercises are very important to prevent loss of movement and flexibility.
June 5, 2012
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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