January 25,2024

Stiffness, aches and pains are often associated with changes in weather, especially the falling temperatures of winter. Understanding why certain people react to weather changes and others do not is unclear, but there are several steps you can take to be more comfortable and reduce your risk when the weather turns cold.

Cold Weather and Joint Pain

Several studies have been conducted to understand the direct relationship between joint pain and weather. However, none of these studies can highlight the main cause or the link between the two. Despite these uncertainties, few theories suggest that people with arthritis are more susceptible to joint pain than individuals without the condition. One may ask how? There is a strong chance that the cartilage which offers support to the bones inside the joint wears out and due to that, the exposed bones might face the brunt of pressure change. 

Another possibility is that the barometer pressure may lead to the expansion and contraction of scar tissue which could lead to pain in joints affected by arthritis. Inactive joints can also lead to joint pain during the winters especially when you decide to stay in and relax without moving around a lot. 

Things To Do Relieve Joint Pain During Winters:

  • When the temperature starts to drop, ensure you keep yourself warm. Wear enough clothes, shower with warm water, and use a thick blanket at night while sleeping.

  • A hot water bath using paraffin wax can offer immense relief from joint pain.

  • Ensure you are active and have a healthy lifestyle. Keep a check on your weight and indulge in activities such as swimming and yoga.

  • Avoid causing any sort of strain to the joints.

  • Ensure you eat healthily and have a diet rich in nutrition.

  • Ask our experts for the appropriate medication to overcome pain such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). 

When should I consult a doctor?


If you experience any unusual or new symptoms with your joints — such as persistent swelling, redness, difficulty putting pressure on, or using, the joint — it’s a good idea to consult your physician. If you have consistent or severe pain that becomes disabling, seek medical care right away.

📚 References:


  1. Felson, D. T., et al. (2007). "The Association Between Atmospheric Pressure and Joint Pain."
  2. Arthritis Foundation. (2021). "Weathering the Storm: How Changes in Weather Can Affect Your Joints."
  3. NIAMS. (2022). "Cold Weather and Arthritis: Tips for Managing Joint Pain in Winter."