People who suffer from arthritis are more likely to experience osteoarthritis symptoms, especially during the winter. The intensity of the pain in the knees during winter is often linked to barometric pressure. This drop in pressure can cause the tissues around the joints to swell resulting in increased pain. Even though winter arthritis is uncomfortable, the following tips help to make the joints work better and help ease the symptoms.
- Low impact activities like aerobics, swimming in a heated pool, weight training, and riding a stationary bicycle can reduce stiffness, increase the blood flow, and support the knees
- Adequate hydration is important, as dehydration decreases flexibility resulting into the chance of injury and the sensitiveness to pain
- You’re less likely to get enough vitamin D from its natural source, sunlight, in the winter, so talk to your doctor about your need for supplements or vitamin D-fortified foods.
- Omega 3 fatty acids with Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements are also helpful in controlling joint stiffness & pain.
- If your knees ache, your best bet is to keep them warm and stretch them regularly. Low impact activities like riding a stationary bike can increase blood flow and reduce joint stiffness.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands and knuckles.
- A gentle massage with warm oil eases inflammation, improves circulation and relaxes your muscles. As a result, your joints feel better, too. Winter aches and pains all over the body can be relieved by administrating massage therapy by a professional.
- If required, an occasional Paracetamol also can be taken to deal with severe pain
If you have persistent joint pain that won’t subside after taking these precautions, do contact a physician. There may be a need to see a rheumatologist or orthopedic specialist post that.
Inputs by Dr Lalit Panchal, Orthopaedician Fortis’ SL Raheja Hospital