Managing Osteoarthritis During the Winter
The winter season is officially upon us and as temperatures plummet, your joint pain may be soaring in contrast. At Arthritis Knee Pain Centers®, we understand that osteoarthritis can be difficult to manage on a good day. But with a dramatic change in weather? It may feel unbearable, resulting in increased joint pain, swelling, fatigue, and muscle stiffness. If you feel like your quality of life is being affected by the cold, rest assured there are plenty of easy solutions to help minimize your pain. Here are some of our favorites:
- STAY WARM & BUNDLE UP
With the bone-chilling weather outside, it makes sense to add layers if you plan on braving the cold. Be sure to cover up your hands, knees, ankles, and all other exposed areas for maximum protection!
Warm-up those muscles and continue loosening them up regularly throughout the day to keep them flexible. It’s a simple and easy practice for getting your blood pumping and preventing future injuries. Hip circles, arm swings, and high steps are just a few strong, low-impact examples of stretches you can do at home.
- EAT HEALTHY & STAY HYDRATED
Introducing more nutrient-rich foods and staying hydrated are a powerful combination in warding off the negative effects from the cold. Not only will they keep your bones strong and limber, but a healthy diet is also beneficial for reducing joint inflammation.
- APPLY HEAT
Make heating pads and warm baths your new best friends this winter—your body will thank you for it. Heated blankets and space heaters are also great alternatives for soothing and relaxing your muscles.
- INCREASE YOUR VITAMIN D
With reduced levels of sunlight during the winter, your body is hungrier than ever for Vitamin D. With plenty of supplement options currently available on the market, we advise consulting a trusted physician for their best recommendation.
Whether you’re going on a brisk walk around the neighborhood or simply getting your steps in around the house, staying active is always a good idea. Not only does it make you less prone to injury, but it also builds up your strength and endurance for the long-term.
- MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Osteoarthritis has a tendency to affect those who are overweight, particularly in the hips and knees. In order to decrease this stress on your joints, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial.
- SPEAK UP
If your pain remains persistent or begins to feel disabling, then it’s time to seek medical attention immediately. Keep track of any new symptoms as they develop to keep an accurate record of any unusual patterns or irregularities.
- GET A GOOD NIGHT’S REST
You’ve probably heard it before, but a restful sleep does wonders for your health all-around. Spoil yourself with a full 8 hours of sleep each night so your body can properly recuperate from a hard day’s work.
Managing your knee pain can be a challenge in any season. Arthritis Knee Pain Centers® offers a non-surgical outpatient therapy that may be the solution for you. Don’t wait another day. Call 1-833-300-5633 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation knee pain screening.