You, Osteoarthritis & The Weather

(Last Updated On: February 18, 2018)


From: Dr. John McElligott, Dr. John’s Medical Solutions:

A 2007 study from Tufts University found every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponds with an incremental increase in arthritis pain. In addition, relatively low barometric pressure and precipitation can increase pain. Researchers aren’t sure why this happens. They suspect certain atmospheric conditions increase swelling in joint capsules.

So, what is osteoarthritis (OA), and how do you know if you have it? OA is a type of joint disease that results from the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. This definition is universal in medicine. It is a natural result of living on earth. Earth’s gravity keeps us from floating away, but it also puts pressure on joints all over the body. The more you use your joints (heavy lifting, a joint injury at some point in your life, athletics, or just a very active lifestyle) the more likely you’ll develop OA.

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