You’ve probably heard someone say, “My back is killing me; there must be rain on the way.” Certainly, cold weather,rain and snow are known to make pain worse. But warm weather? Yes! Just as the change in seasons can cause allergies to ruin someone’s day, the change in temperature can also cause certain joint pain to increase. Did you know there are also certain conditions that get worse in the summer? You may not hear much about them, but by the end of this post you’re going to know how to manage that pain.
Change in Temperature
Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, joint pain… the fact is, the change in barometric pressure can cause expansion and contraction of tendons, muscles, bones and scar tissues, resulting in pain in the affected tissues. There have been numerous studies linked to people feeling increased joint pain during the summer months. The humidity of the summer months can increase swelling and cause pain. It’s no fun.
The last thing you want to deal with on a hot, sunny day is any sort of pain. If you feel your joint pain getting worse when the temperature increases, you should see a doctor to see what’s going on. Depending on the result of your visit, the doctor will recommend treatment options to make that pain more manageable.
Conditions That Flare Up in the Summer
Any sort of chronic pain can flare up in the summer months. Arthritis is certainly a condition that is known to cause chronic, often severe, pain regardless of the temperature outside. It isn’t so much the change in temperature that is causing this as it is the change in the weight of the air (barometric pressure).
Whenever the weather changes, it may take a few weeks for your body to adjust,and those few weeks can be very painful.
How to Minimize Summer Joint Pain
There are many things you can do to help manage your summer joint pain.
- Stay hydrated
- Stay cool
- Don’t be afraid to turn the air conditioner on
- Make sure you’re not overdoing it in your activities
- Take breaks to cool down
- Have a treatment plan
The commonalities here are staying hydrated and keeping cool. Water is important regardless of the season, but it’s especially important once the warmer months hit.
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Here at Choice Chiropractic, we understand how joint pain can impact your daily activities, regardless of the season. We believe your body should always be performing at the highest level possible.
Chiropractic care offers safe, natural treatment for patients of all ages. At Choice Chiropractic, we provide natural treatment for a range of pain, illnesses and injuries. To make an appointment at Choice Chiropractic, contact us today.