Many of us have a friend who appears to be able to tell when the rain is on its way. And typically, they say it is because they can feel it in their joints. So, that goes to question, does joint pain during the rainy season have any correlation?
Florida is truly the Sunshine State that offers 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. However, 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 joint stiffness.
Most arthritic patients resort to anti-inflammatory medications. However, there are comfort measures to alleviate discomfort and stiffness intensity during those rainy and humid days.
How To Alleviate Joint Pain During the Rainy Season
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, especially 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 a crucial benefit for the body. And low-impact exercises such as swimming can make a big difference for a joint’s range of motion over time.
If you are still experiencing joint pain during the rainy season, call us at 888-409-8006. Our top spine surgeons are here to help. Offices are located in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, and Plantation.