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How Cold Weather Can Affect Joint Pain

Many patients who suffer from joint pain feel especially uncomfortable during cold weather. Although the research is not conclusive, most experts and patients agree that any change in barometric pressure can trigger joint pain or headaches in some people. It is likely that the nerve endings in the tissues surrounding the joints become tight or stiff with changes in the weather, so as the seasons shift, you should take extra precautions to prevent additional discomfort. Here are some suggestions for managing cold-weather pain.

  1. Before you leave the warmth of your home on a cold day, spend some time stretching to warm up your muscles. Exercise is a great way to loosen up and relieve stiffness. Walk on the treadmill, ride a stationary bicycle or climb a Stairmaster to get your heart pumping and your joints moving.
  2. Apply Milkweed Balm in the morning and evening. The soothing, anti-inflammatory properties in Milkweed Balm will help soothe your muscles on cold winter days so you can still get out and enjoy daily activities.
  3. Wear protective clothing in cold weather. Warm gloves, lined pants and furry boots will trap the heat in and keep your joints from becoming too stiff. Avoid spending a lot of time outdoors on cold days when possible, and heat up your car before you drive to avoid the initial freeze, too.
  4. Improve your mood by shifting the focus off your pain. Distract yourself by doing something you enjoy so you feel less anxious and irritable. 
  5. Remember the pain is temporary. As uncomfortable as you might feel in the cold, remember the pain won't last. Your body will adjust and acclimate to the change as fluid from the joints begins to circulate.

The best way to combat joint pain is to have a plan in place for when the weather changes. By following some of the simple suggestions above, you can lessen or even eliminate weather-related joint pain. Always check with your doctor when you notice changes and follow your recommended treatment plan.