Some swear they can predict when rain is in the forecast because their joints start to ache. Maybe you’ve noticed that your joints hurt in cold and rainy weather. Although the cause of pain and flare-ups isn’t well established, many physicians have noticed that more people feel joint pains on rainy days. So, what exactly is the reason?
During weather system changes, barometric pressure can decrease. This can make tendons, muscles, and scar tissue expand and contract, creating joint pain. Low temperatures can also make the fluid inside joints thicker, so they feel stiffer.
Also, remember that bad weather keeps many of us from moving around as much as we usually would. People tend to stay indoors and lounge around more when it’s cold and rainy outside, and inactive joints can get stiff and painful.
Weather and Joint Pain
- Keep warm. Be sure to cover your arms and legs during the cool weather. …
- Be active. It goes without saying that muscles that move are stronger! …
- Warm baths and hot compresses. …
- Over-the-Counter medication (OTC)
Once a weather system moves through, the barometric pressure readjusts, and joint pain usually dissipates. Be proactive and talk to your doctor if you experience aches and pains due to pending weather.
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*The information given in this blog is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.