When the temperature drops, does your pain level go up? For many patients, there is a tie between cold weather and aching joints. In this video, Point Performance’s Michal Tekle explores the causation and remedies for this phenomenon.
There have been a lot of studies conducted, but results remain inconclusive. One theory is that the drop in barometric pressure causes joints to expand and put pressure on nerves that control pain signals. The cold can also stiffen up muscles, making you less likely to move and feel stiff in general.
Tekle recommends staying active. Physical therapists have a saying for this, “motion is a lotion.” Movement produces synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints. Staying active will decrease pain and increase flexibility.
If you do have arthritis, she recommends low impact exercises like swimming or spin, to avoid painful wear and tear on the joints.
Lastly, dress appropriately for the weather and stay warm.