As the weather changes, joint pain is a symptom experienced by many. There are several theories about why pain surfaces during weather changes. Overall joint and bone pain are one of the most common symptoms reported. The correlation between changing weather and bone/joint pain has been studied for years, and while no conclusive evidence exists, there are many people who strongly believe the weather plays a role in their pain.
Theories of weather and joint pain often cite barometric pressure as a primary reason for joint pain. Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us, and as the weather changes, the barometric pressure drops, which can cause joints to swell. Swollen joints not able to receive as much fluid, which is associated with pain.
Arthritis and Weather: Common Pain Symptoms
- Joint Pain (knees, elbows, lower back, etc.)
- Bone Pain (especially in weak or injured bones)
- Migraines & Sinus Headaches
Whether you believe in the theories correlating weather and pain or not, there are many great natural treatments that can address and alleviate the symptoms listed above. These treatments include:
- Alfalfa: This is an herbal plant that contains many medicinal qualities to ease arthritis pain and swelling. The plant alfalfa is rich in beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium which are responsible for bone health. It also contains a high number of vitamin K and other substances that help to regulate the acid balance in the blood. Consequently, it can control the number of harmful acids which are responsible for triggering arthritis.
- Chiropractic: For stiff and painful joints, chiropractic treatments can unlock joints by realigning the joints, which improves joint function.
- Drinking Water: Proper hydration will keep joints lubricated and functioning properly.
- Being Active: Many jobs require us to sit or stand in the same position for long periods of time. During those times, joints can become stiff, causing pain. Being active and regularly exercising will keep your joints moving and lessen joint pain.
- Wind Meters: These are designed to provide accurate, actionable information in critical conditions to help stay safer and help people with weather-related conditions to plan ahead. Studies show a variety of weather factors can increase pain, especially changes. Watch for any changes in
- Barometric pressure (especially falling)
- Temperature (especially lowering)
A study from Tufts University in 2007 found that every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental increase in arthritis pain. In addition, relatively low barometric pressure, low temperatures, and precipitation can increase pain. Researchers aren’t sure why this happens. They suspect certain atmospheric conditions increase swelling in the joint capsule.
Summer is almost here, and especially in Denver, the weather has drastically changed from a few months ago. In order to fully enjoy the summer sun and activities, be sure to pay attention to your pain and joints. All of the natural treatments listed above will help keep you healthy, active, and pain-free.