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Understanding How Cold Weather Can Worsen Arthritis Symptoms
Date:1/12/2014

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) January 12, 2014

Anyone who suffers from arthritis pain can tell you that their joints do stiffen up as the temperature drops. And researchers have demonstrated in clinical studies that fluctuations in temperature or barometric pressure can have a very real effect on joint pain in arthritis patients, though they are still working out the exact reason for this phenomenon. For patients with arthritis the cold, damp weather can not only increase stiffness and joint pain it can also lead to increased anxiety, depression and isolation. Knowing when to seek professional help is an important factor in maintaining long term joint health and overall wellness. Dr. Jack Waxman of NCMA’s FountainGrove Rheumatology can help you understand and manage the symptoms associated with arthritis including those worsened by cold weather.

Arthritis Pain – where does it come from?

The pain of arthritis can originate from a variety of sources. These may include;

  • inflammation of the synovial membrane (see below)
  • the tendons
  • or the ligaments
  • muscle strain
  • fatigue
  • cartilage degeneration

And, a combination of the above factors generally contributes to the sensation and intensity of the pain. Arthritis is a musculoskeletal disorder with many different causes. It is a disease that is not completely understood by experts, and according to the Arthritis Foundation, there currently are no cures. There are at least 100 different known musculoskeletal diseases or conditions that effectively destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues, all leading to restricted physical movement of some degree. Winter weather can escalate symptoms and take its toll on art
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