Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease, which is mainly characterised by damage and loss of cartilage and changes in bones surrounding the joint. People with OA frequently report that the severity of their pain is influenced by weather conditions. Although there is very little scientific evidence to support that joint pain is weather related, you can still use the following pain relief tips when your joints are aching in winter:
If it is cold outside, keep yourself warm with gloves over hands that ache and added layers over knees and legs.
A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that the amount of sedentary time increased by over three hours during winter. People with joint pain should stay active in the winter with an indoor exercise plan.
Swimming in a heated pool is both great exercise and soothing to joints. You can also get relief from warm baths. However, avoid going right into the cold after your soak. Let your body temperature normalise first.
Stay safe in icy weather:
If you are going outside, pick solid, supportive shoes. Make sure they have good treads and try to walk on a surface that does not look icy.
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