With temperatures dropping, patients living with joint pain may experience more aches and stiffness. As the year comes to a close, it’s important to stay on top of joint and arthritis care, especially when holidays bring long to-do lists and celebrations.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritic patients may experience more discomfort in colder months due to sensitivities. However, the severity in one’s joint pain may vary from season to season. Barometric pressure, exerted by the weight of the atmosphere, presents an indication of cold and/or warm fronts, and is often a contributing factor to weather-related joint pain.
Should you find it more difficult to move around in the winter months, you may find relief when atmospheric pressure settles. However, it never hurts to take precautions, given the unpredictable nature of weather.
Bundle up. It should go without saying that layers are important for combatting cold when outside. Mittens, hats, muffs, and winter jackets help trap body heat and can prevent discomfort. In terms of joint pain, winter clothing aids in continued flexibility in your fingers, toes, and other joints.
Exercise indoors. Movement makes for good circulation. Your joints stay lubricated and you are likely to hurt less. When it’s too cold for your regular outdoor activities, look for opportunities to stay fit indoors. Try a local community or fitness center, stretch and aerobicise at home, or get in a few laps at the mall or other large space.
Consult with your doctor. If you believe you require non-invasive treatments, physical therapy, or medication to aid your joint pain in winter, consult with your orthopaedic physician. You may learn about a treatment you haven’t yet considered.