Damp days, blankets and joint pain from arthritis

 

Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist wants you to know what you can do to ease your joint pain from arthritis in cold weather…. (even if it may not really be the weather causing the pain.)

Maisha Rumelia Rahman from The Daily Star states that,joints

“There is no conclusive scientific evidence to support that fact. Some studies have found little or no link between weather and joint pain, while others have found a strong relation between cold, damp days and arthritic flare-ups.”

Regardless of how the pain got there, Grace Walker, director of Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center approves of these tips from the Daily Star, to tame the pain:

Stay warm.  This may sound like a no-brainer but dress up in layers, keep your home warm and warm up the car before you get in to ease pain related to cold weather. Add extra layers over knees and legs so that you can remove them or put them on.

Eat healthy and stay hydrated  Load up on foods rich in –

Omega-3 fatty acids: These can be found in fish and nuts and may help as they seem to reduce the level of inflammation.

Vitamin K: Make your meals greener with fresh spinach and cabbage, which are abundant in winter, to take advantage of their soothing properties.

Vitamin C: Add color to your diet with juicy winter oranges and tomatoes to help prevent painful cartilage loss that comes with arthritis.

Vitamin D: Low levels of vitamin D play a role in how sensitive you are to arthritis pain. Vitamin D deficiency also increases the risk for osteoporosis. Get your daily vitamin D fix from cheese, milk and healthy cereals.

 

Also make sure to drink enough water as even mild dehydration may make you more sensitive to pain.

Keep moving.  One of the obvious reasons why cold weather may cause joint pain is that people are less likely to work out when it’s really cold. Though your duvet may seem too comfortable to get out of, try to go on your morning walks as exercise helps lubricate joints and prevent pain.

If you feel that it is too cold outside, bring your workout indoors. However, do not overdo it! Choose low impact exercises which are easy on joints and can enhance your range of motion, like yoga or tai-chi. Lifting weights may help as well because it builds joint-supporting muscles.

This applies throughout the year – if you are overweight, try to shed a few pounds. The pain and effort you put into losing weight will go a long way in reducing joint pain.

Pamper yourself.  Finally, some good news after all that talk about eating healthy and tedious work-outs! According to the Arthritis Foundation, warm baths can soothe joints. Also consider indulging yourself in a massage to relieve pain in muscles surrounding the joints.

(Rahman M. , 2016)

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert physical therapist.

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, Ca 92868

 

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