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Joint Pain and the Weather

  • Jan 29, 2016
  • by Atlanta Pain Management Center
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Does the weather really affect joint pain? And if so, can one’s joints really predict the weather. These questions have baffled scientists for many years. So much so that numerous studies have been made in order to determines peoples’ vulnerability to changes in the weather.

It is quite common for people to blame increased pain on the weather, and for good reason. In fact, many people claim that their joints hurt more before it starts raining. Some of the biggest complaints are increased neck and low back pain when the weather gets damp and cold. As well, many say that cold and damp weather worsens their symptoms of fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.

Why the Weather May Affect the Joints

Although there is no evidence or agreement among scientists that the weather can cause joint pain, there are credible theories. One of the most leading theories suggests that pain may be due to air pressure. Granting, many say that their pain worsens with cold, damp and rainy weather. But according to considerable research, it is the barometric pressure that affects people the most.

Barometric pressure is the weight of the air around us. High barometric pressure pushes against the body from the outside which keeps tissues from expanding. Quite often the barometric pressure drops prior to bad weather. This low barometric pressure pushes less against the body, which allows tissues to expand. The expansion of tissues is what puts pressure on the joints. The same theory applies to high altitudes. Less barometric pressure may also affect the body’s joints. For instance, feet often swell during a flight but they do not swell when seated at a desk for the same amount of time at sea level.

However, moving to a warmer climate may not be the answer. Most likely, your pain will travel with you. It is believed that pain in the joints is caused by the change in barometric pressure, not necessarily the temperature. Even the slightest change can affect the joints. Even the slightest change on pressure can affect the joints.

Comprehensive Pain Management

Being in constant pain is no way to live. In truth, pain puts a great toll on your disposition and well-being. However, pain relief is possible. Alliance Spine and Pain Centers offers a solution to individual needs with comprehensive pain management. Whether you have arthritis or osteoarthritis, the physicians at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers strive to give you relief without surgery methods. They anticipate working with you on a comprehensive pain management plan so you can live a pain-free and gratifying life. In addition, Alliance Spine and Pain Centers offers 15 convenient locations around the Atlanta metro area.

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