The winter season offers breathtaking snowy scenery and holiday fun with family and friends. However, winter weather can be especially tough for those who suffer from arthritis, and there could be some truth to the old wives’ tale that aching joints can be an indicator of a change in weather. Weather changes can make arthritis symptoms worse.
With winter coming, cold weather pain and arthritis can be uncomfortable and affect your quality of life. The cold doesn’t cause arthritis, but it can increase joint pain. Here are some great tips to deal with arthritis pain during the winter months.
- Stay warm and layer up.
Keeping your joints warm can help decrease stiffness to provide arthritis relief. Layer up with gloves to protect your hands and add extra layers to knees, elbows or other achy sites. Always ensure that you cover your hands, knees, legs and all arthritis prone areas.
- Stay active and exercise.
Exercise is one of the most helpful ways to deal with arthritis. Physical activity helps increase strength and flexibility, boosts energy and helps ease the pain. Exercise indoors to improve the symptoms like joint stiffness and muscle weakness.
- Get your vitamin D
Low levels of vitamin D might play a role in how sensitive you are to arthritis pain. You’re less likely to get enough vitamin D from its natural source, sunlight, in the winter, so talk to your doctor about your need for supplements or vitamin D-fortified foods.
- Drink green tea
The benefits of green tea are numerous. One of which is blocking chemicals in the body that are believed to cause inflammation. Green tea may also prevent cartilage from further damage due to arthritis.
Joint deterioration and disease can increase the risk for arthritis and immobility from stiffness. Frequent changes in barometric pressure during the winter can create further pain damage to joints from inflammation. There are a few joint preservation treatments that can help provide arthritis relief and may help you avoid surgery. Contact Dr Rashid Hasan today to schedule a consultation.