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.
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.
Weather-related joint pain often occurs in patients with arthritis. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to combat joint pain during temperature fluctuations.
Adjust the air conditioning
Wear loose clothing
Go for a swim
Use cold therapy
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.