The Importance of Exercise in Juvenile Myositis

This Town Hall explores the importance of different types of exercise in the management of juvenile myositis (JM) and is presented by Sue Maillard, a specialist physiotherapist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

She has specialized in Pediatric Rheumatology Physiotherapy for over 30 years and has a specialist interest in JM. She has completed research in the safety of exercise in juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) and leads a physiotherapy team to provide an inpatient rehabilitation program for children, as well as reviewing and managing home treatment programs.

What is Juvenile Myositis?

Juvenile myositis, including juvenile dermatomyositis and juvenile polymyositis, is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune diseases, in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and tissues.

Treatment Plans for Juvenile Myositis

A treatment plan is based on many factors, including the severity and expression of the juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). Each case is different and the symptoms can change over time.

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