Predicting Pain—and Fighting It
As warmer weather arrives, a researcher looks back at the cold and the pain it can bring to hips and knees, shoulders, hands, and the spine. What can be done in the summer to prevent pain next winter? A bone specialist at Michigan Medicine, Michael Kheir, MD, also an orthopeadic surgeon at the University of Michigan Health, states that staying active and strengthening joints during warmer weather will improve pain and activity levels when the temperature goes down.
Why does it hurt more when it’s cold? Dr. Kheir commented, “Colder weather causes an increase in humidity and a drop in pressure. ...the soft tissue in your joints expand causing increased pressure in the confined space in your joint capsule. Patients with arthritis or damaged joints already have year-round intermittent swelling and pressure in their joints. This means the increase of swelling from the drop in pressure can cause an increase of pain in problematic joints." Suggested exercises include walking, biking, swimming, and yoga.
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