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10 Ways to Relieve Joint Pain in Cold Weather
10 Ways to Relieve Joint Pain in Cold Weather

By: Dr. Kramer

Unlike the sharp pain that can result from injury, there’s a low-level of joint pain or ache that pops up as the weather turns cold. You might have felt it after spending time outside, or simply waking up in a colder room during the winter months. You might have even heard people say that they can feel rain or snow coming in their joints. This might sound like a far-fetched idea, but it’s not entirely off base.

Although there is little scientific research around cold weather and joint pain, there is evidence that supports the theory that dips in the barometric pressure can increase joint pain. If you find yourself feeling stiff or achy when the temperature drops, try these tips.

Dress for the Cold

Add an extra layer over your hands and wrists, knees and legs. Fleece-lined leggings can add an extra layer of comforting warmth. Keep an extra pair of gloves in your bag so you’re always prepared.

Add Layers

As you’re planning what to wear for the day, add in base layers of clothing as well as outer garments that can be removed as you come in from the cold. You might not need that sweater in a warm room, but you’ll be glad to have the extra warmth when you step outside again.

Drink Water

If it’s cold outside, the air might be dryer than you realize. This moisture deficit can create a recipe for dehydration, which will make you more sensitive to pain. In dry, cold weather, make sure to focus on drinking enough water.

Lighten Up

If you’re carrying extra weight, it won’t help your joints feel their best during the colder months. By losing a few pounds, you’ll lighten the load and your joints will thank you.

Keep Moving

Just because the temperatures drop, it’s no excuse to stop exercising. Move your workout indoors and give your joints a chance to stretch and warm up with aerobic activity. Create an exercise plan that keeps you moving throughout the winter. If you prefer to leave home, consider walking at a local mall.

Swim or Soak in Warm Water

A heated pool or sauna will feel wonderful to aching joints. If you don’t have access to one, you can get the same result from taking a warm bath. Be sure to keep warm after you step out to avoid the shocking chill of cold air.

Supplement Your Diet

Low levels of Vitamin D can increase sensitivity to arthritis pain and increase your risk for osteoporosis. Make sure you’re getting ample Vitamin D, as well as fish oil (which can reduce inflammation) and Glucosamine-Chondroitin (thought to help arthritis pain).

Protect Your Joints

If you plan to walk on slick surfaces during icy weather, take extra precaution so you don’t do further damage to your joints. Make sure your shoes are supportive and have good treads. Avoid slick surfaces when possible, and use rails and supports when possible.

OTC Pain Relief

If aches and pains are still prevalent despite trying the above, consider taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Check with your doctor first to make sure they’re safe for use, and start by taking the lowest dose and only adding more if necessary.

Get a Massage

The joint aches that come with cold weather likely aren’t only about your joints, but also the muscles around them. Regular massages can help with pain management and soreness, and they’re also a great way to get warmed up when temperatures drop. Be sure to communicate openly with your massage therapist about sore spots and your pressure preference to ensure the most beneficial and pleasant experience.


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This is a bit knowledge for me as i feel a lot of pain in my joints when i have climb up the stairs, i do my best to avoid stairs but every now and then i have to do it.