Why Does the Weather Make My Joints Hurt?

For many of us, cold and rainy days can be hard on our joints. Something about low temperatures and precipitation can leave us feeling achy or in pain. But why? While no one is quite sure why many people experience joint pain on colder days, there are a few theories.

Barometric Pressure

One possible reason for achy joints on cold or wet days might be the change in barometric pressure. Also known as atmospheric pressure, this, essentially, refers to the “weight” of the air. When the weather turns colder or on days when it rains, barometric pressure drops.

Our bodies can pick up on these changes in pressure. When the barometric pressure drops, muscles, tendons and ligaments in our bodies can expand. However, there is only so much space within our own bodies, causing these expanded body parts to put pressure on our joints, leading to feeling of stiffness, soreness or pain.

Personal Effects

Everyone’s  body is different. In turn, everyone’s reactions to changes in barometric pressure varies.. As you might expect, those suffering from arthritis or other forms of joint pain might be more susceptible to cold or wet weather and its effects on joints

Another theory regarding joint pain in cold weather has to do with our overall mood. Many of us are prone to feelings of sadness when the weather turns inclement. Those experiencing depression during the colder months might amplify the soreness put on their joints by the weather.  

Taking Care of Your Joints in Cold Weather

Again, while no one is sure why some of us experience discomfort on colder days, there are a few things we can do to reduce the pain. Dressing warmly and layering, even when at home, can help keep the body insulated and less susceptible to drops in barometric pressure.

Daily indoor stretching and exercise are great ways to fend off joint soreness. Keeping joints active helps with swelling. Just don’t over exert. And while exercising, make sure to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, compounding the problems of joint soreness.

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