You probably thought your uncle was joking when he said he could feel a storm coming in his knees, but changes in the weather can exacerbate certain conditions and lead to pain flare ups. In this article, we are going to discuss pain associated with changes in the weather, and what you can do about this unique type of pain.
Pain Caused by Changes in Weather
Have you ever heard someone complain that they’re experiencing pain as a result of a change in the weather? Believe it or not, changes in the weather (such as a storm or a drop in temperature) can trigger pain episodes in certain patients. Typically, when pain coincides with a change in weather, the underlying culprit is a change in barometric pressure. This change can cause joint pain, headaches, and other issues. Patients with pre-existing arthritic conditions are especially susceptible to pain flare-ups when the weather changes.
Treating Weather-Related Pain
So what should you do if you start feeling pain when the temperature drops? First and foremost, it’s important to find out what’s at the root of the symptoms. A doctor or physical therapist can do an examination and determine if you have an arthritic condition. Once you have a diagnosis, you can move forward to treatment. A strategic physical therapy routine can help reduce pain from arthritis, increase range-of-motion in the affected joint, and lessen the severity of weather-related pain.
Minneapolis Physical Therapists
OrthoRehab Specialists focuses on physical therapy and rehabilitation care for all types of injuries and conditions. Our licensed Minnesota physical therapists have over twenty-five years of experience, and offer direct access to care (so you don’t need a prescription to make an appointment). We also have existing relationships with over 600 referring providers who consistently entrust us with the continued care of their patients. If you are experiencing pain or range-of-motion loss due to an injury or condition, contact our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinic today to set up your appointment.
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