The Impact of Hot Weather On Your Joints

When you think about weather conditions that cause joint pain to flare up, cold and rain usually come to mind. However, some people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic joint pain conditions actually experience more discomfort during the hot, humid summer months. Rising temperatures and relative humidity affect everyone, but chronic pain conditions make it more difficult for the body to regulate its systems in extreme temperatures.

Summer Joint Pain and Barometric Pressure

According to the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, joints contain baroreceptors, sensory nerves that respond to changes in barometric pressure. Fluctuations in atmospheric pressure change everyone’s joints, but people with arthritis feel it more because they have less cartilage to cushion the impact of expanding tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Low barometric pressure is associated with rising humidity and incoming storms. This is the change in weather most likely to cause pain for those with sensitive joints.

Summer Joint Pain and Dehydration

High temperatures make summer the most difficult season to remain hydrated. However, drinking enough water is vital to keep your joint cartilage lubricated. If you become dehydrated, the concentration of fluid in your joints may decrease, exacerbating any pain you already have.

Be sure to carry a water bottle with you at all times, especially in the summer. Sip from it often to create a consistent flow of water into your system. Remember, feeling thirsty is the first sign of dehydration, so don’t ignore your urge to drink!

Summer Joint Pain and Ozone Levels

Ozone is a pollutant that becomes more abundant during hot water. The respiratory system is the most likely part of your body to be affected, but high ozone levels can also increase inflammation and pain for people with multiple sclerosis and chronic pain syndrome.

Check your local weather conditions to stay up-to-date with the latest ozone forecasts and real-time levels. Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest times of day to limit your exposure to this pollutant.

Combat Summer Joint Pain at The Knee Institute

Hot, humid weather can impact any load-bearing joint, but your knees, hips, shoulders, elbows and hands are the most likely to be affected. If you’re tired of dealing with summer joint pain, it may be time to start a new treatment plan.

The Knee Institute in West Bloomfield offers non-surgical knee relief as an alternative to knee replacement surgery. Our treatments could provide the respite from pain you’ve been looking for. To get started, please call us at 248-804-7226 and request a no-cost, risk-free knee consultation with our staff today!