e have all heard the old saying about feeling the weather in one’s bones, but is it true? The answer is yes, and here’s why. Changes in barometric pressure and temperature can dramatically affect our bodies, especially if we have arthritis. Therefore, you can feel the weather in your bones.
What Studies Suggest
In a 2007 study, researchers at Tufts University in Boston found that for every 10-degree temperature drop, there was a corresponding increase in arthritis pain. Additionally, they reported that increasing barometric pressure increased pain.
Studies in cadavers show that barometric pressure affects pressure inside the joints. When the pressure in the hip joints is equal to atmospheric pressure, it throws the ball of the hip joint about one-third of an inch off track.
Research suggests, as much as two-thirds of people say that they live with chronic joint pain and believe there’s a connection between their pain and changes in the weather. Arthritis can affect everything, including the joint lining and the ligaments within the joint. Therefore, being affected by the weather may cause tightness or stiffness in the joints.
Here are a few tips you can try, which may help if you can feel the weather in your bones:
- Stretching gently indoors and using heat creams or heating pads
- Drink plenty of water – even mild dehydration may make you more sensitive to pain
- Losing weight can significantly improve knee arthritis if you are carrying a few extra pounds
- Exercising – people with joint pain should stay active (try swimming in a warm pool)
- Enjoying a massage to relieve stiffness
Furthermore, your joints generally return to normal as the weather changes. But if you experience severe joint pain, we can help you with a treatment plan for weather-related pain. If you would like more information, please call 888-409-8006. Or schedule an appointment online today.