The diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is made when there is persistent arthritis in one or more joints for more than six weeks. Generally, various tests are required to confirm the diagnosis. The type of arthritis is determined based on the child's symptoms over six months of illness. Treatment is based on the type of arthritis and its severity. Initially, medications are given to reduce swelling and pain, along with physical therapy. Steroid injections can also be given in extreme cases. If these treatments do not help, the only solution is surgery to correct joint problems.
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