Elizabeth Michaelson Monaghan Reviewed by QualityHealth’s Medical Advisory Board
Does winter find you struggling with more than just the weather? If your aches and pains are worse during the colder months, you’re not alone: A 2011 study found that nearly 60 percent of people with back and joint pain reported greater discomfort in the winter. But it doesn’t have to be that way: Read on for tips to manage your cold weather woes.
Cold Weather Woe: Joint and Back Pain
“The influence of weather on rheumatic conditions [which affect the muscles and joints] remains controversial, despite attempts to dissect the direct impact of variables such as humidity, barometric (atmospheric) pressure, and temperature,” says Elliot Rosenstein, MD, medical director of the Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.
Conflicting results in recent studies include a 2004 study of people with rheumatoid arthritis that found humidity aggravated the condition, whereas a 2013 study concluded it was low temperatures and only in middle aged patients. Fur
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