Joint arthritis sufferers may be dreading the onset of the latest Beast from the East because for many, cold weather seems to intensify arthritis pain.
Although winter doesn’t necessarily worsen your joint arthritis, it does seem that people with the condition will feel it more when the temperatures drop. One suggestion is that a drop in atmospheric pressure which heralds a cold spell also increases the pressure in people’s joints, making them stiffer and more painful. During the winter months, vitamin D levels drop as people are outside less and seeing less sunlight and this can be a trigger of an arthritis flare-up. Another theory about winter and joint pain is that it’s due to our pain receptors. When it’s colder, our pain receptors are more sensitive and therefore you feel pain more.
Tips on how to manage joint arthritis in the winter months
- Get your vitamin D levels checked by your GP and either increase the amount of vitamin D in your diet or take supplements
- Stay active; the colder weather can make it harder to exercise but if you become less active, you’ll get stiffer and that brings more discomfort
- When you exercise though, choose low impact activities and properly warm up
If you’re looking for ways to improve joint pain and lack of mobility due to arthritis, there are many options and you do not automatically need a joint replacement. For a minimally invasive approach to alleviating arthritis with no side effects, call 020 3282 7553 to find out more about MBST.