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Joint Pain and Cold Weather

Can your knee predict the weather? As silly as that sounds many people who suffer from arthritis and other chronic joint disorders will agree that the onset of winter’s cold weather causes flare-ups and joint pain.

While there is no scientific explanation, there does seem to be a link.

Why Does Cold Weather Trigger Joint Pain?

Here are some reasons why weather affecting your joints may be possible:

  • Inactivity: People tend to be less active in cold weather. Not moving around as much can significantly impact the way your joints feel.
  • The sensitivity of nerves: Inflammation and scarring from an old injury can cause the nerves to be hypersensitive to the changes in temperature.
  • Joint fluid:The joint fluid that serves as a shock absorber doesn’t flow as easily in the cold weather, causing stiffness and creaky joints.
  • Cold & humidity:The combination of these two can cause harm to the bone and cartilage cells.
  • Barometric pressure: The atmosphere’s barometric pressure falls before cold weather hits – causing tendons, muscles, and surrounding tissues to expand, resulting in pain.

What Can You Do?

Stay warm in and outside of the house. Being active during cold weather can help reduce joint discomfort. Stretching before going out into the cold will loosen stiff joints.

A heating pad can be placed on sore areas to help relax the muscles.

If you experience frequent or long-lasting swelling, or if you struggle with pain during cold weather, then contact San Jose Orthopedic Center. We may be able to help you get some relief. Braces or medication may be recommended.

Posted on Behalf of San Jose Orthopedic Center

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