Painful Achy Joints During the Winter… But Why?

achey jointsHave you started to feel aches and pains in your joints since the temperatures have gotten cooler? If you answered yes, then you’re not the only one. Aches and pains in the joints are common to experience during the winter. If joint pain is something you’re experiencing since the weather has changed, keep reading to find out why!

Why Do Aches and Pains Occur in Cold Weather?
The older we get, the more common it can be to have aches and pains in those joints. Suffering from joint injuries or having arthritis may lead someone to undergo more soreness. Muscles loose elasticity when the temperatures are lower, causing stiffness. The change in weather can also have an effect on your mood and could lead to an impact on their pain perception. Having a negative mood has shown correlation with higher pain for people with Osteoarthritis.

How Can I Relieve These Aches and Pain?

During the winter months, people may become more sedentary. That sedentary lifestyle could make an impact on your soreness and joint aches. To help relieve these pains maintain physical activity, even if it’s just a brief 10 minute walk, maintain good posture, and doing shoulder rolls can also be beneficial for those suffering from shoulder soreness. These are just a few examples that could help you this winter.

How HRUC Can Help?
If you are experiencing unusual joint pain, and it’s not getting better, we are here to help. One of the specialties at HRUC is orthopaedic care. HRUC provides direct access to board-certified orthopaedic experts from Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and on-site radiology services. HRUC requires no appointments, and hours are flexible- Monday- Friday 8am-7pm, and on Saturdays 10am-4pm.

For more information, visit https://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_4v95cb0s

2018-01-03T18:25:25+00:00January 11th, 2018|Blog|