It is not certain that weather changes affect the pain in joints such as your knees. However, people with arthritis, previous or current knee injuries report that their pain gets worse in colder temperatures. There are a few theories doctors have come up with for the cause of increased knee pain in the winter. Some include changes in air pressure, thickening joint fluid, tense muscles, and/or your blood is routed away from your joints to keep other areas like vital organs warm. Luckily, there are some ways to avoid or relieve this winter knee pain.
Yes, we know this sounds like common sense! But it’s true. Staying warm, wearing lots of layers, and keeping your legs warm can help prevent your knees from aching as much.
It is always important to keep your joints moving. Not only does this keep your body warmer, but keeping your legs strong takes the pressure off your knees.
Yoga is a nice, relaxing kind of exercise that is easy on your body. Better yet, yoga helps increase the flexibility in your knees.
Warm water or steam
Warm water or steam is perfect for loosening muscles and promoting blood circulation. This is a great way to keep warm and ease your knee pain. A warm bath or shower should do the trick.
If none of these methods seem to work or they aren’t efficient to your liking, contact Tieperman Health and Wellness! We have an expert pain management staff that is prepared to help you with a pain-free winter!