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Do Changes In The Weather Really Cause Our Bones To Ache?

elder person walking with caneMany people believe that when it’s cold and raining there is an impact on their bodily aches and pains. Some will even say they can tell when snow is coming. But, to date, there have been few scientific studies on this phenomenon, and the studies that have been done have not proved conclusive.

However, there are theories under serious consideration that people with joint pain, especially arthritis, are, in fact, affected by changes in barometric pressure. The reason behind this theory is that when the cartilage that cushions the bones inside a joint get worn down, nerves in the exposed bones could be picking up on changes in pressure.

There are also studies underway to determine if changes in barometric pressure may make tendons, muscles, and scar tissue expand and contract. If so, this might create pain in joints affected by arthritis. It may also be that low temperatures make the fluid inside joints thicker, so they feel stiffer.

If these theories about weather and pain have some validity, do they offer any helpful actions we can take?

  •  When temperatures drop, you should take extra care in keeping yourself warm. These efforts might include taking warm showers or baths, wearing extra layers of clothing, and maybe having an electric blanket ready for sleeping.
  • It is also a good idea to increase muscle and bone strength through exercise, because this will lessen the pressure on your joints, so they are less prone to injury. You should look in particular at exercises that are easy on your joints, like yoga.
  • Being at a healthy weight will also lessen the stress on your joints, especially your knees.
  • Overall, you will want to take extra good care of your overall health, which will include a good diet and a good night’s sleep.
  • A final thought: When the weather isn’t so good, this tends to make our moods not so good. If you find yourself feeling sad or depressed, your ability to cope with pain may be less than usual. Find ways to keep yourself happier, and you might find that the pain doesn’t bother you as much.

Of course, should you be having any unusual or new problem with back pain, soreness, or mobility, it is always smart to consult with your doctor.

*Please Note: Information on this site or any recommended sites should not be used as a diagnosis or a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.
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