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Does Weather Actually Affect Pain Severity?

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Does Weather Actually Affect Pain Severity?

Does Weather Actually Affect Pain Severity?

We’ve all heard the old wive’s tale that rainy weather can make your joints ache—but, does the weather really affect arthritic symptoms? Here’s what you should know about the link between the weather outside and the pain and inflammation in your joints.


A previous study done on people living with osteoarthritis has found significant links between weather conditions and joint pain. This study suggests that joint pain increased when the temperatures were lower and humidity levels were high—suggesting cool, rainy days, and winter weather have the worst effect on arthritic conditions.

Barometric Pressure

Studies have also found that changes in barometric pressure can have more of an impact on joint pain than the temperature itself. When there is a drastic rise or fall in temperature, it can affect the barometric pressure—which is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us. This can have an effect on the way that our muscles, tendons, and ligaments expand and contract.

When temperatures are unstable, this can cause a sudden onset or increase in severity of joint pain for those living with chronic pain. However, it is important to note that once temperature levels regulate, joint pain should subside or lessen.

Tips to Keep Joint Pain Under Control

When you see a sudden change in temperatures or weather conditions when looking at the weather for the week, you can prepare your joints by following these to keep your arthritis under control:

  • Take warm baths or showers at the beginning of your day
  • Massage the affected area
  • Introduce dynamic stretching into our daily routine
  • Using a warm compress on the affected joint and the surrounding area

Orthopedic Care in Fox Valley

At Fox Valley Orthopedics, we can help you get back to a pain-free, comfortable life. If you have been dealing with aches and pains that have lasted for more than a week, don’t put off getting help another day. Call (630) 584-1400 today to schedule your appointment.