Just like you, we’re searching for the best ways to keep us healthy and improve our lifestyle. But there are some things we can’t avoid and we have to deal with. For example, we can have a healthy diet but still get joint pain several times per year. It’s something you can really control but something you have to work on so you’ll feel better. Do you have joint pain? Read on and see if it’s related to the weather change.
Autumn isn’t just a beautiful season when you can admire nature’s beautiful colors and eat healthier but is also a period when people start having more joint pain than usual. But is this related to the temperature or just how our bodies react from time to time?
If you’re going to talk to a rheumatologist, he or she will tell you that they’re phone rings constantly in the spring and fall. It’s not a good time to be a person with joint problems. They can feel pain in their fingers, wrists or other joints in the body. If they stand still for longer periods of time, they’ll get stiff and feel pain whenever they move. Imagine how typing feels in autumn for those with joint pain. It’s a nightmare.
But is Joint Pain related to changes in temperature?
We analysed a forum for people suffering from joint problems and we saw how the number of posts related to joint pain was always increasing in Spring and Fall but other than the users’ confessions there wasn’t much research put into this.
We went further and looked for scientific research regarding joint pain and weather change. We found the following studies.
- In 2007 researchers at Tufts University in Boston reported that a 10-degree drop in temperature resulted in a big increase in arthritis pain. At the same time, an increase in barometric pressure also increased the pain. For this study, the included 200 participants with knee osteoarthritis with the objective to determine if short-term weather parameters influence knee osteoarthritis pain.
- Another study was performed in Europe in 2014 by the European Project on OSteoArthritis (EPOSA). After they did their research the found out that “weather (in)stability may have a greater impact on joint structures and pain perception in people from the Southern Europe. The results emphasize the importance of considering weather sensitivity in daily life of older people with OA and may help to identify weather-sensitive older people with OA.
There was another citation of study we couldn’t find. It said that barometric pressure affects pressure inside the joints. When pressure in the hip joints was equated with atmospheric pressure, it threw the ball of the hip joint one-third of an inch off track.
As you can see, the change in seasons has a big impact on people with joint problems. There are a number of medical studies stating what people with OA already knew – the weather affects their bodies and how they perceive pain in Autumn or Spring.
What can you do to Soothe Joint Pain in the Fall
There are some tactics to alleviate the joint pain you’re feeling. Some of these include acupuncture, medication or even meditation.
When it comes to taking care of your body we will always recommend you to go and see a specialist. In this case, you should pay a visit to your rheumatologist who will definitely recommend a good diet and natural supplements to have a fighting chance against joint pain.
It’s important to have a balanced diet so you don’t get overweight. That extra weight puts pressure on your hip joints, knees, ankles and feet leading to even more joint problems. You should consider adding fish, nuts and seeds (loaded with anti-inflammatory substances), vitamins (A, C, D, E, K, B) and natural supplements for joint health.
Exercising is another step in soothing the joint pain you get during Autumn. First of all, it helps you not be overweight (which leads to stress and inflammation of joints) but will also fight stiffness, increase muscle strength and improve your range of motion. Losing weight helps your knees and hips. Women with higher body weight are twice as likely to need hip replacement surgery.
When dealing with joint pain, you should always try to avoid stress. It releases chemicals that can trigger flare-ups and increase the chances of chronic conditions such as heart disease, anxiety and depression.
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