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  • Writer's pictureThe Rumamend Team

Cold weather Affects our Joints

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

Cold weather can have a negative impact on joints, especially for people with arthritis or other joint conditions.

Here are some of the ways that winter can affect joints:

The fluid that lubricates joints and helps them move smoothly - thickens during winter. This can make it more difficult for joints to move and can lead to pain and stiffness. Cold weather can reduce blood flow to the joints and certain parts of the body such as hands and feet, which can also lead to pain and stiffness.

Changes in the weight of the air (which ususally drops in winter) can put more stress on joints and make them hurt more. The cold weather can be stressful for some people, and stress can also worsen joint pain. Which becomes a cycle of more pain, more stress and more pain as a result.

If you have joint pain, there are a few things you can do to help protect your joints in the winter:

Keep warm. Wear layers of clothing and a heat pack or two. This will help to keep your joints warm and lubricated.

Exercise regularly to increase blood flow and keep your joints strong and flexible. It can also help to reduce pain and stiffness.

Take breaks. If you're going to be outside for a long time, take breaks to warm up your joints. You can do this by doing some gentle exercises or by moving around.

Stay hydrated and follow a healthy diet. Drinking plenty of fluids helps to keep your joints lubricated.

See a doctor. If you have severe joint pain, see a doctor. They can help you to manage your pain and make sure that you have the right treatment plan.

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