Joint Pain: The Impact of Hot Weather

For those of us living in Utah, the summer heat is at an all-time high. The rising temperatures can be unbearable for almost anyone, but those with chronic joint pain or arthritis are more susceptible to the heat’s negative side effects.

How Hot Weather Affects Joint Pain

Although there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence between joint pain and the weather, there may also be studies that provide conclusive scientific evidence. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the joints are comprised of sensory nerves called baroreceptors which react to fluctuations in atmospheric pressure. Plus, heat can increase inflammation in the body. Unfortunately, high heat can also exacerbate levels of ozone in the environment, which can cause pain in those suffering from asthma, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Tips on How to Deal with the Heat

Weather-related joint pain often occurs in patients with arthritis. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to combat joint pain during temperature fluctuations.

  • Stay indoors

  • Adjust the air conditioning

  • Stay indoors

  • Stay hydrated

  • Wear loose clothing

  • Go for a swim

  • Use cold therapy

Schedule Your Arthritis Treatment Today

At Ogden Wellness Center, we care and we understand how arthritic pain and discomfort can be very limiting on living your life the way you want, to its fullest potential. That’s why we are here to help. For more information about arthritis treatment and relief in Ogden, or to schedule an appointment with us, please call Ogden Wellness Center today.


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