Joint Pain: The Impact of Cold Weather

As the cold temperatures quickly approach, your joints may begin to feel the pain. In many cases, patients with arthritis claim the pain in their joints is a predictor for cold or stormy weather. If you notice the cold weather is the cause of your joint pain, here’s what you should know about enduring the bitter cold temperatures.

Why the Cold Weather is Causing Joint Pain

Many of our patients have noticed how the cooler weather makes the symptoms of their arthritis worse. Although researchers aren’t sure why cold weather makes us so stiff and sore, many believe that inflamed joints swell as barometric pressure drops. The swelling aggravates the nerves around the joints, causing pain and discomfort.

How to Avoid Weather-Related Joint Pain

Whether you joint pain is caused by the weather or additional causes, these are several steps you can take to feel better.

Exercise Regularly

A major reason why joint pain worsens during the winter time is lack of exercise. Many people find it more difficult to stay active when it’s too cold out. We recommend bringing your workout indoors. Consider low-impact aerobic moves that are easy on the joints. Yoga, swimming, and walking are all beneficial and safe indoor workouts.

Eat Healthy

Foods rich in Omega-2 fatty acids, vitamin K, and vitamin C can help reduce painful inflammation. Fill up on salmon, nuts, greens, oranges, tomatoes, and red peppers.  Avoid refined grains and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as corn oil.

Call Today for a Free, No Obligation Screening

In addition, Minnesota Arthritis Center can help relieve your pain, regardless of the severity of your condition. Our state-of-the-art treatment program consists of FDA approved and non-surgical injections. The injections lubricate and cushion your knee joint to provide you with quick relief. If the cold weather is causing joint pain, we invite you to try our non-surgical solutions. Call us today at 651-967-7614 to schedule a free, no obligation screening.