As the temperatures begin to drop, we often see an influx of patients complaining of what we call, “cold weather pain.” As the winter goes on, and temperatures drop and the wintery weather continues, these cold weather pain complaints only get worse. So, what’s the deal with these cold weather pains? Are they real? Why does your body hurt more in the winter?
It’s common for people with arthritis or with a history of joint pain to notice when the cold and damp weather hits. Knee pain, hip pain and even pain in the chest, spine and thorax are often reported with increasing rates during the colder winter months. So what is happening inside the body to create these cold weather pains?
Here are a few theories on what may be happening inside your body if you suffer with cold weather pains:
2. Stay Hydrated.Sometimes when the weather is colder, we may not drink enough water. Water helps keep your system balanced, your joints lubricated and your system flowing. It allows for easy secretion of wastes and helps your body run smoothly.
3. Check your Vitamin D.In the winter months, we are more susceptible to being Vitamin D deficient. 70% of Americans have insufficient levels of Vitamin D, which often leads to muscle, bone and joint pain. Check your levels with your family doctor.
4. Warm Up!Taking Epsom salt baths, warm showers and saunas are a great way to relieve cold weather pains. The warmth improves circulation and mobility in those cold, stiff joints experiencing cold weather pains.
Once we reach the age of 50, orthopedic pain is the leading cause of disability for people worldwide. Keeping our bodies moving and healthy is the key to our quality of life. Whether you are suffering with a cold weather pain or some other body pain, physical therapists are always just a phone call away. Physical therapists are doctorate level-trained health care professionals who specialize in keeping the body moving and healthy throughout life. It’s never too late to start, and physical therapists can prescribe programs uniquely designed based upon what you need.
As always, if you are suffering with cold weather pains, knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, ankle pain, foot pain, lower back pain, jaw pain, headache pain or neck pain, and you live in the Mid-south, feel free to The Smith Clinic to schedule an evaluation...it would be an honor to help you!