Managing your joint pain during the cold weather

Feb 1, 2012 Full story: NewsCanada

Don't get the chills at the thought of going for a hike with friends, venturing out for a ski weekend, or simply walking the dog this winter.

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San Jose, CA

#1 Mar 8, 2012
Usually joint pains attacks during cold weathers, thanks for this information. This is very helpful. See
Kristina L

Los Angeles, CA

#3 May 8, 2013
I guess the cold weather is like an for most people with osteoarthritis. I think there may be some ways to alleviate the pain when the cold wind strikes. I don't know if this could help but while browsing online i cam across which gave me some info on joint pain.

Since: Oct 13

Latham, NY

#4 Oct 6, 2013
During cold weather, the body's pain receptors increase in sensitivity. This may mean that during a cold snap or a rainy spell, your body will react with sudden joint pain.

During the winter months, your body needs to stay active in order to keep your joints from stiffening up during cold weather.

Keep your body warm by dressing in layers. Wear heavy socks to protect your feet and ankles. Wear gloves to keep your wrists and fingertips warm. These measures will help to curb cold weather joint pain.

Lastly, Maintaining a normal body weight can reduce excess wear on joints and ligaments and prevent cold weather joint pain from occurring.

Since: Oct 13

Dallas, TX

#5 Oct 8, 2013
Whether your aches are sparked by the weather or something else, these three steps can help you feel better.

Eat Healthy
Load up on foods rich in:

Omega-3 fatty acids. Think salmon and nuts to curb inflammation.
Vitamin K. Make meals that feature greens, such as spinach, kale, and cabbage, for their pain-soothing properties.
Vitamin C. Add color to your diet with juicy oranges, sweet red peppers and tomatoes, and other C-rich foods to halt cartilage loss (and resulting pain) that comes with arthritis.
Avoid foods high in omega-6 fatty acids, such as corn oil, which may trigger painful inflammation. Also swap refined grains for whole grains. Early research suggests refined grains have an inflammatory effect, whereas high-fiber whole grains may help reduce inflammation.

Take Supplements
Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin may help by nourishing cartilage and increasing lubrication in your joints. A large-scale study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a daily combo of 1,500 milligrams of glucosamine and 1,200 milligrams of chondroitin might help ease symptoms in people with moderate-to-severe joint pain.

Also make sure you're getting plenty of vitamin D to help keep your bones strong and prevent joint pain. but check with your doctor first because some supplements can interact with prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Keep Moving
One reason cold weather is linked to joint pain is people are less likely to work out when it's chilly and damp. Walk daily, so that your joints are moving.

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