The Effect of Weather on Joint Pain

For many people who suffer from joint pain, the weather can be a big factor in their pain. While joint pain can be caused by many different things, such as
arthritis, injuries, and age, the weather can aggravate and worsen the pain.

Several studies have been conducted over the last several years; however, no concrete evidence supports one theory vs. another.

That said, let’s take a closer look at how weather affects joint pain and what you can do to minimize the discomfort.

How Weather Affects Joint Pain

It might seem like an old wives’ tale, but there is actually some science behind how weather affects joint pain.

Temperature Changes

The temperature outside can majorly affect how much joint pain you experience. When temperatures drop, your body will get stiffer and more painful joints as the
air around them gets colder. During hot days, the air humidity outside may cause swelling and increased inflammation in your joints which could lead to more pain.

Pressure Changes

Just like a barometer measures changes in atmospheric pressure, so does your body. Pressure changes due to shifts in the atmosphere can affect joint pain because
pressure changes directly impact your joints’ lubrication levels. When pressure drops and becomes low enough, it can cause extra friction between bones connected
by tendons or muscles, resulting in more pain than usual.