Livestrong: The joint paint in winter explained by Dr. Tehrany
Every year, the connection between the exhaustingly cold weather and unbearable joint pain in winter becomes a particularly trending topic, and raises numerous questions on the main reason for an increased knee and shoulder pain at lower temperatures.
In their quest to reveal the mysterious cause for agonizing joint pain at the significantly colder weather, the online media and the most comprehensive source for fitness and health, Livestrong, asked Dr. Armin Tehrany to weigh in with his expert opinion on the legendary joint pain in winter.
As an immensely caring orthopedic doctor, with a profound knowledge and vast experience in shoulder and knee treatment, Dr. Tehrany didn’t miss the opportunity to educate the Livestrong audience with a professional explanation for increased joint pain in winter, and share a few crucial tips on preventing joint stiffness and pain in winter.
In order to correctly and thoroughly educate the audience, Dr. Tehrany wrote an article titled “The Bizarre Connection Between Cold Weather and Joint Pain”.
The article highlights several medical, yet scientifically not proven reasons for the stirring connection between cold weather and joint pain. Numerous research studies suggest different trigger for the joint pain, however, they all have one conclusion in common, and that is that low-level pain affects arthritis sufferers harder and more often than people with healthy joints.
According to Dr. Tehrany, one theory that medically explains the pain is related to the misbehavior of the nerves. During winter, the sympathetic nerves that carry pain signals are more intense as a result of the compressed blood vessels in the limbs which leave the joints in the body colder and stiffer. For that reason, uncomfortable pain and stiffness occur resulting in the inability to perform normal everyday activities.
The barometric pressure significantly impacts the joint pain as well. This theory is based on several research studies that suggest that changes in the external pressure impact the internal blood pressure and circulation, and due to those changes, the joints become inflamed and painful.
In conclusion, Dr. Tehrany shares a few crucial tips on preventing severe joint pain in winter. The first rule of working out in winter is to keep the body warm. Although this may sound like a basic preventive measure, it’s the first step towards stiffness prevention in winter.
Moreover, properly warming up the body before working out, and gradually cooling it down after the workout, tremendously helps in preventing muscle tightness and joint pain.
“In the long run, if the pain doesn’t subside even though you’ve taken all the preventative measures, you should talk to an orthopedic doctor. Any pain in the body is a warning sign, and you should definitely take heed,” concludes Dr. Tehrany.
“Remember: Your body is constantly telling you what it needs. Learn how to read the signs, and you won’t have a problem coping with the cold and wet winter months.”