Why Does Arthritis Get Worse in Winter

Why does my arthritis get worse in winter?

Winter can be a very long time to the arthritis sufferer, and this is the reason why you see a lot of older people moving to those warmer climates with mild winters. Places like Queensland in Australia and Florida in the USA are known for the aging populations. According to one hospital, they report a 50% increase in patients seeking treatment for joint problems during winter.

Some of the thoughts as to why winter is challenging are

  • Pain receptors become more sensitive in the cold.
  • Cold reduces blood supply to the extremities and joints and this amplifies the pain sensation.
  • There are changes to atmospheric pressure in winter (who knew that ?) and that change puts more pressure on joints which equals pain.

 

What can you do about it?

Our first recommendation is MiActiv. Start taking MiActiv before it gets cold - we have seen lots of happy patients enjoy winter again.

Keep warm – obvious, but in where do you feel cold first? Often the hands or you feel cold in the knees, so rug up!

Keep up those omega 3’s. Omega 3 is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties so step up the good oils in winter and you might have less dry skin too.

Hydrate up. Even mild dehydration can make you more sensitive to pain, so plenty of water or even ginger teas, the gingerols have an analgesic and mild anti-inflammatory property.

 

Thanks to Kokilaben Hospital for input into this article.