How Cold Weather Impacts Chronic Pain

For many people, winter is a favorite time of year. However, with the drop in temperatures, chronic joint pain may begin to worsen. It’s not just your imagination. If you have chronic pain, here’s what you need to know to endure the bitter cold of winter.

Weather-Related Joint Pain

Weather-related joint pain is commonly seen in patients with arthritic conditions. Barometric pressure changes, as well as changes in humidity and temperature, can affect any joint, but it is mostly common in knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders. Several studies have found a solid relationship between cold, short, damp days and arthritis flare ups. Furthermore, colder temperatures may cause painful changes in the fluid that lubricates the joint and allows for ease of mobility.

Whether your aches are triggered by the weather or other circumstances, there are certain ways to combat the pain.

Healthy Diet

We recommend having a healthy and balanced diet. Load up on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including salmon and nuts to curb inflammation. Make your meals full of greens, such as kale, spinach, and cabbage. These pain-soothing foods are loaded with vitamin K. Furthermore, add additional color to your diet for vitamin C, including oranges, peppers, tomatoes and pineapples.

Stay Active

During the winter months, people are less physically active. Therefore, your joints aren’t getting the proper exercise needed to stay lubricated and prevent pain. If it’s too cold out, consider working out indoors. Choose low-impact aerobics that are easy on the joints, such as yoga and weight lifting.

In addition, Peak Medical can greatly reduce your joint pain with our comprehensive pain management program designed to alleviate discomfort, increase mobility, and improve your quality of life. Your comfort and satisfaction are our main priorities. Pain should never interfere with your life. Call today at (908) 665-0770 to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our medical professionals.