Florida is truly the Sunshine State offering a beautiful weather and hundreds of miles of beaches. With a combination of a humid subtropical climate in the North and Central parts, and a tropical climate in South Florida, we have a defined rainy season from May through October.
While it can’t be assessed scientifically, both rain and humidity seem to have an impact on individuals with joint pain. Research studies have pointed – without unanimous consensus – to changes in barometric pressure and temperatures as causes for arthritis pain. Among the common complaints, most patients describe back and knee pain and stiffness.
While most arthritic patients resort to anti-inflammatory medications, there are some common comfort measures to try to alleviate joint pain and stiffness intensity during those rainy and humid days.
The first recommendation is staying warm. Staying warm by dressing in layers, taking hot showers, or keeping the house heated can help relax muscles. Heat lets the muscles relax thus helping with pain.
Staying well-hydrated is also extremely important to keep the joints lubricated, specially if it’s rainy or humid. Although one may think that outside moisture will help with internal lubrication, that is not the case. Staying hydrated is a must for patients suffering from chronic joint pain.
Low-impact exercises as well as stretching can help to reduce the discomfort of muscles and joint stiffness and pain. Movement is greatly beneficial for the body and low-impact exercises such as swimming can make a big difference for a joint’s range of motion over time.