Why Do My Joints Hurt When it’s Cold?
Ever known someone who swore their ankles or knees could predict when it was going to rain? Or that their knuckles would “act up” ahead of a cold front? While our bodies (and sometimes even our brains) can’t actually predict the weather, our joints are a barometer of sorts.
Pressure and joints
Barometers measure the atmospheric pressure, which is the pressure exerted by the weight of Earth’s atmosphere. This pressure changes based on different factors, including altitude (sea level pressure is higher than atmospheric pressure measured on a mountaintop), temperature and wind.
What does this have to do with joints? Simply put, changes in atmospheric pressure can cause changes within the body. Lower pressure, which occurs when the temperature drops, as it often does ahead of a cold front or storm, can cause tissues to expand, which can put extra pressure (pun intended) on joints. In addition to bringing on aches and pains, this can also cause sinus-related headaches.
What helps joint pain in cold weather?
While you can’t personally prevent cold weather (unless perhaps you decide to move to the Caribbean), there are some things you can do to protect your joints, both in the winter and year-round.
- Bundle up: Although it’s the pressure that’s causing joint aches, exposure to actual cold temperatures often adds to the discomfort. Keep warm by dressing in layers and ensuring feet, ankles, knees, arms and hands are covered and insulated from the cold.
- Don’t stop moving: An object in motion stays in motion. To keep joints from stiffening up, keep moving! When the weather is unbearably cold, hit up the gym or exercise at home.
- Nourish your joints: Help support and protect joint health and mobility by consuming crucial nutrients, including omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin D, collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin.
Your Best Shot for Joint Mobility
Here’s a cold weather tip: Your Best Shot for Joint Mobility contains joint-supporting collagen, MSM, glucosamine and chondroitin in one easy-to-drink formula. And because it comes in a convenient, shot-sized bottle, you can easily tuck it into your purse, backpack or gym bag for joint support on the go, no matter what the day’s weather forecast has in store!