The wintertime can be cold, and for many of us with aching joints the drop in temperature means trouble. You may have noticed when the winter strikes those aches and pains in our knees and elbows worsen, especially if you have arthritis. The wintertime can make simple walking much more difficult, and you may even dread getting out of bed in fear of the pain the cold days will bring. But you don’t have to suffer from wintertime joint pain as long as you follow these helpful tips.
But before we share how to improve joint pain in the winter, let’s discuss why the winter months bring more pain.
For many of us joint pain doesn’t actually worsen, but rather our pain threshold decreases during the winter months. Even something as simple as a small cut can hurt more during the winter than it would in the summer.
During the winter our nerve endings become more sensitive due to colder temperatures, which in turn makes us much more sensitive to pain. Another reason why we experience more pain in the winter is a lack of blood circulation. In the winter our body works to keep vital organs – like the heart – warmer, which takes away the blood supply from other parts of the body. This leads to stiffer, more painful joints.
Furthermore, cold weather translates to less activity, so we’re not using our joints nearly as much as we would in the warmer temperatures. Lastly, barometric pressure also plays a role in wintertime joint pain, and as air pressure changes, so does the inflammation in and around our joints.
Now that we have a better understanding of the factors affecting our joints during the winter, here are some tips you can use to help minimize the pain you feel.
By following these tips you won’t have to become a victim of joint pain, and you can begin to move around freely once again to enjoy all that winter has to offer – even if it is cold!
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