Many people with joint and bone problems feel that their stiffness and pain gets worse in colder weather. Could this be the case?
Joint pain is a very common problem, with many possible causes. For example, you may get joint pain because you have a condition called, or because you’ve had an injury in the past.
Read on to learn if cold weather really makes joint pain worse, why this might be,and what to do if your joints are painful.
A lot of people certainly say they feel like cold weather affects their joint pain. And in one recent study of people with long-term health conditions, including arthritis, people were more likely to have more pain on damp and windy days. But there isn’t conclusive scientific evidence that the weather makes a difference.
So, is there any way cold, wet weather could make joint pain worse? Some experts say it might be because:
Many people find that their joint pain changes over time.This may have nothing to do with the weather. It might be that your joint pain is getting worse generally, or changing in some other way.
In fact, it's best not to assume that any changes are due to the r weather, as there could be another reason, which may need treatment. For example, if you’ve recently hurt a joint and it suddenly becomes painful again, you should see a doctor.
Increased pain in your joints could also be a sign of a condition such as, which you should speak to your doctor about. These are some signs to look out for:
Some viral and bacterial infections can also cause pain in the joints. It's best to book an appointment with a doctor if you have joint pain that gets worse or doesn't go away.
It may help to take painkillers. Speak to your pharmacist or doctor for further guidance on how to safely get and use these medicines.
Other things that may be helpful for joint pain include:
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.