Joint pain is very common, especially with aging it hurts more. Almost one-third of adults’ report having joint pain in winters. Joint pain can affect any part of our body, from your ankles and feet to your shoulders and hands. Knee pain is the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain.
Impact of Winter on Joint Pain:
Winter can aggravate following existing joint conditions and cause more pain:
- Osteoarthritis (O.A.), a “wear and tear” disease, is the most common type of arthritis. Winter aggravates joint & Muscle stiffness and reduce mobility.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (R.A.) is an autoimmune disorder that happens when your body attacks its own tissues. Winter & Summer both lead to increased flare ups of R.A. to cause severe pain, swelling and stiffness.
- Strains, sprains, and other injuries can hurt more in winter leading to less mobility
Relationship between increased Joint Pain and Winter:
Despite years of research, we don’t have strong evidence that there’s a direct relationship, but scientists do have some theories.
- Air Pressure and Joint Pain: According to this theory, reduced air pressure in atmosphere allows swelling of tendons, muscles, joints, or scar tissue which leads to increased pain.
- Cold Environment and Joint Fluid: Another theory suggests that in cold, Joint Fluid get more thick and that makes joint more stiff and painful.
- Cold Environment and Tight Muscles: Due to cold, muscles get tighten up, movement is reduced that leads to increased joint pain
- Cold Environment and Decreased Blood Supply: In Winter due to cold environment body redirects more blood towards vital organs that causes reduced blood supply to peripheral joints. As blood moves away from joints, pain increases.
- Vitamin D and Joint Pain: In winter there is less exposure to Sun. Sun is source of Vitamin D, winter causes low levels of Vitamin D that leads to increased joint pain
How to manage Joint Health in Winters
Despite what researches say, if your joints are hurting try these simple tips to cope up with winter_
- Wear warm clothes, including hats, scarves, and gloves, when you’re outside. Tights, leggings, and wraps can add extra warmth in your knee area.
- Use moist heat to boost circulation and loosen muscles. A warm bath could do the trick.
- Don’t stop moving, even if you don’t want to work out outside. Exercise makes your bones and the muscles around your knees stronger, taking pressure off the joint. Try yoga, which has the added benefit of boosting flexibility. Or swim in a heated pool to ease stiffness.
- Don’t push your body too hard when doing everyday tasks. Let someone else lift those heavy boxes.
- Take good care of yourself by eating nutritious food and staying at a healthy weight. Extra pounds add pressure on your joints.
- Nurture your Joints with Joint supplements like Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Vitamin D. Charak Pharma’s GO365 Tablets is best Supplement cum medicine for Arthritis and Joint Pain. Glucosamine and Chondroitin in GO365 Tablets help to support cartilage damage.
- Get enough sleep. Too little shut-eye can make your pain worse.
- Stay positive. Do things that make you happy and shift your attention away from the pain.
- Local Application of Medicine like Capsaicin — a substance found in chili peppers — may relieve joint pain from arthritis and other conditions. Capsaicin blocks substance P, which helps transmit pain signals, and it triggers the release of chemicals in the body called endorphins, which block pain. GO365 ointment is enriched with Capsaicin that helps to relieve Joint pain faster and safer than conventional painkillers.