4 Reasons of Joint Pain in Winters and Preventive Measures

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Joint pain is mostly caused by any damage to the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint. Sometimes Painful joint may be due to joint inflammation or infection. Mostly shoulder, ankle and knee joints suffer from severe pain. 

Joint Pain in Winter

It is really noted in all over the world that people suffering from the joint pain feel the aggravation of the pain during the colder season. This cold and damp weather is really notorious for enhancing joint pain. Now you can book an appointment online with the best orthopedic doctor in Lahore on Marham. Different researchers are busy in ongoing studies to find out the reason behind this unfortunate happening. Various studies which completed till the date reported that winter may enhance the joint pain due to following reasons:

1: Heat Consumption of the Body:

In colder weather the body needs more heat to accomplish the basic body functions properly. So it is required that more heat through the blood should go towards the basic and vital organs which are at center of the body such as the heart and lungs. So more blood flow occurs towards these central organs and the blood flow towards peripheral parts of the body such as arms, legs, shoulders and knee joints decreased. So in the result of decreased blood flow, these parts of the body become colder and stiffer which cause discomfort and pain in these parts.

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2: High Barometric Pressure:

The other reason for getting high joint pain during damp or cold weather is the changes in barometric pressure. During cold climate barometric pressure, enhances and this increased pressure increases the risk of rashes and itching in the joints and alters the normal blood circulation pattern. And this may elicit a strong inflammatory response in the joints which cause severe pain and discomfort in these joints.

3: Less Physical Activity:

During cold weather it is a natural desire of the individuals to stay inside in the hot and comfortable environment of the home. This damp weather condition makes the person sluggish to a great extent. The overall decreased physical activity also is a major reason behind the increased complains of joint pain during winters as proper and regular exercise and proper physical activities are needed to overcome joint pain.

4: Alteration in Behavior:

During the winters some behavioral changes also occurred which are responsible for getting more pain in already damaged joints. During winter people consume less quantity of water which reduces joint flexibility and cause pain. Consumption of high fats food during winter also increased the risk of joint pain.

How to Prevent Joint Pain in Winter?

Nature created the seasons for enjoyment not for suffering. The cold seasons can be more comfortable and enjoyable if it is welcomed after well preparations. So the appropriate preventive measures should be adopted to avoid joint pain in winter;

  • Usage of warm pads
  • Properly covered pain areas when going out
  • Proper and regular massage
  • Indoor exercise and physical activities
  • Intake of plenty of water
  • Take foods which provide much energy and heat to the body like dry fruits

Taking these measures into consideration can help you alleviate joint pain and you can enjoy this short-lived winter season happily.

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Tayyaba Waris
She is a student of Ph.D. molecular biology at Comsats University, Islamabad. She is working on the causes and treatment of male infertility. She has also worked on liver disease and its herbal treatments and has recently got her paper published in the National journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals. At Marham, she writes about hot medical issues and general health problems.