Dr. Tehrany talks about the increased joint pain in winter on Self.com
Joint pain usually occurs as a result of a traumatic injury or an underlying health condition. However, joint pain can also occur due to the weather changes, especially when temperatures drop during the winter months.
Despite the lack of scientific evidence for the connection between cold weather and joint pain, medical experts unanimously agree that the lower temperature impacts the joint health.
The online resource for everything wellness, Self.com, recently covered this particularly intriguing topic and asked Dr. Armin Tehrany to provide their audience with an expert orthopedic opinion, based on his professional experience with patients throughout the years
According to Dr. Tehrany, research studies conducted so far show that in colder weather the body conserves heat and sends more blood to the lungs and the heart. That in turn, leads to constriction of the blood vessels in the arms, the legs, and the shoulder and knee joints.
“Less blood flow makes those areas colder and stiffer, which can cause discomfort and pain,” elaborates Dr. Tehrany.
The orthopedic doctor that specializes in the treatment of the knee and the shoulder, also shared tips on how to avoid pain and stiffness in the joints during the cold weather months.
“A proper warm-up routine before working out, and a good stretch afterwards, are simply a must. Wearing appropriate clothes while outside also prevents the stiff shoulders and knees to develop a severe and painful condition,” explains Dr. Tehrany.
“Joint pain alone doesn’t necessarily lead to injuries, but if the pain is caused by stiffness and you don’t address it and it gets worse, that can cause injury,” adds Dr. Tehrany.