Dr. Manan Gujarathi, Orthopedic surgeon at SRV Mamata Hospital, Dombivili
Winter is coming! A difficult season for most elderly, especially those suffering from Arthritis. The tenacity of this common yet painful condition tends to increase during cold, chilly days.
Arthritis means joint pain or joint disease: an inflammation of the joint, either one at a time or many joints all at once!
The symptoms of arthritis are more common above the age of 60-65 year. Typically, as the mercury drops the symptoms worsen: pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints increase . While there is no permanent cure for the condition, many studies suggest tweaking their diet in a bid to better manage the condition. Winter can be the season of pain for people with arthritis.
Surprisingly, the exact science behind cold related joint aches is still uncertain! Some barometric studies suggest that changes in air pressure can affect joint pain in people with arthritis. Even a slight drop in pressure can be a factor in arthritic joint pain. In additiosn to this, blood circulation becomes limited owing to lack of physical activity that happens during this season. It has also been found that in this time, blood circulation is lesser in the peripheral areas.
Whether joint pain & weather connection is true for you or not, you can still use these arthritis pain relief tips:
Patients with Neuropathies(diabetic neuropathy) should be more cautious while using moist heat.
Always remember that aggravated arthritic pain in winter is a short term pain and 2/3 of arthritic patients experience it. But following the above tips will ease your pain and help you to do the day to day activities
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