Can cold weather affect joints?
So far, scientific studies haven’t found a definitive correlation between changes in weather and increase in pain. A report released in 2017 in the Journal Rheumatology International reviewed nine scientific studies on this subject and concluded that there was not enough evidence to suggest that changes in temperature influenced the intensity of pain. Even though the research on this connection is not conclusive, however, the sheer number of patients with pain flare-ups in winter, suggests that there could be some underlying causes for this.
Easy tips to tackle joint pain and stiffness
One can do many things to mitigate the impact of cold weather on pain and stiffness.
Here are some useful tips to tackle joint pain and stiffness:
1. One obvious way would be to dress according to the weather to ensure that you stay warm.
2. It is a good idea to build up muscle and bone strength through exercise. This reduces pressure on your joints, so they are less prone to injury.
3. Ensure that you avoid unnecessary strain on your joints during daily activities.
4. It is extremely important to maintain a healthy weight to decrease stress on your joints, especially your knees.
5. Apply heating pads to painful areas. The heat helps relax your muscles.
6. Get up, walk around and be active indoors and outdoors.
7. Stretch before going outside to loosen stiff joints.
8. Staying active in the winter keeps your muscles and joints healthy.
9. We are unsure what role medicines have in these pains but physical activity really helps.
10. Vitamin supplements and nutritional supplements can, however, be tried.