Enthesitis-related arthritis (ERA): A guide for teenagers

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Enthesitis-related arthritis is a type of childhood arthritis. Learn about how it is treated, how exercise helps, and how to maintain a normal lifestyle.

Key points

  • Enthesitis-related arthritis (ERA) is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints and the points where tendons and ligaments attach to bone (entheses).
  • ERA is treated with medicine. Depending on your situation, you may need to take medicine for a short time or for a longer time.
  • Exercise is important to help you manage your symptoms and stay healthy.
  • ERA may make some activities harder, but you can still do the same things you did before you were diagnosed with ERA.
Last updated: August 12th 2016