When you have joint problems, the phrase “it’s raining cats and dogs” can quickly turn into “it’s raining aches and pains”.
It’s a gorgeous day. The sun is streaming through the windows and you’re enjoying your afternoon tea when you notice an aching in your body. You immediately check the forecast to see if it’s going to rain. You feel it in your bones (or more specifically, your knees), but you’ve been told that that’s nothing more than a myth; however, what if it isn’t? Some researchers have found that perhaps this joint pain and weather relationship is more than just an old wives’ tale.
How could weather cause joint pain?
There is no definitive answer; however, there are several theories regarding this correlation. The most popular theory points a finger at air pressure. While those with arthritis and other joint pain experience a worsening of symptoms in rainy, wet weather, it’s not actually the cold, rain or other forms of inclement weather causing this discomfort. In fact, it might actually be the result of barometric pressure.
What is barometric pressure?
Barometric pressure is simply atmospheric pressure or the air’s weight at a given moment in time. Fluctuations in barometric pressure usually signify certain weather conditions.
How does barometric pressure affect joints?
As the weather turns bad, barometric pressure drops. This causes less air pressure on the body, which in turn allows your tissues to expand. As they expand, they put more pressure on your joints. Even if these tissue changes are minimal, they are still present and still being affected.
Patients dealing with more chronic issues like arthritis can become more sensitive to injury and inflammation, so they may be more likely to feel the affects of barometric pressure than others.
However, how pain and weather is linked is still, for lack of better terms, up in the air. There is no proven and absolute answer, only hypotheticals at the moment. However, one thing is certain: your joint pain is real. If you’re dealing with arthritis, we offer arthritis treatment right here in Potomac that can ease your aching body. From medications and creams to physical therapy and surgery, we’ll figure out how to best care for your arthritis pain. Call our office today if you’re interested in arthritis treatment in Potomac.