The drop in temperature could mean a rise in your pain if you have arthritis

by Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation, November 29, 2016

The weather is getting colder, and it will only continue to drop over the next few months as we make our way into winter. These frigid temperatures really have a way of affecting our moods and even bringing some people down. But if you have arthritis, cold weather can also mean something else: more pain.

If you or anyone you know has arthritis, you are probably aware of this connection. Many claim that cold or rainy weather makes symptoms like pain and stiffness worse. Some even say that when they have pain in their joints, it can predict cold weather or rain. This can make getting out of bed and moving throughout the day even more difficult for these individuals during this time of year.

The biggest downside of this process is that if you begin to move less because of your pain, it can actually get worse. On the other hand, if you work through the pain by staying active during these colder months, you’ll eventually notice less pain and fewer problems moving around normally. At Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation, we can provide you with treatment and tips for getting through the next few months if you have arthritis. Here are some pointers to get you started:

  • Try exercising in warm water with swimming or aquatic exercise; it’s helpful for relieve stiffness in joints due to the temperature and buoyancy of the water
  • Use heating pads and warming agents on to reduce pain in your joints
  • Spend a few minutes warming up inside before going outside to exercise; this will help to loosen your joints and increase your flexibility

If pain in the cold weather is a problem for your joints, we are here to help. Contact Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation at 202-223-1737 or e-mail to schedule an appointment today, or click here for more information on exercising in the cold with arthritis.

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