Winter may have a disastrous effect on your body, causing problems with your skin and health. In the cool weather, you may develop a cold, cough, fever, and joint pain. Some of the problems that are frequent during the season include joint stiffness and soreness. For those who have arthritis, it is considerably worse. The weather causes their joints to hurt more. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be free of the discomfort brought on by a dip in temperature?
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Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons in Austin are currently treating more patients with chronic pain, which generally manifests as lower back pain, neck discomfort, and joint pain in the winter when the weather is cooler and soggier.
In light of the fact that, according to a University of Michigan survey, one-third of all adults between the ages of 50 and 80 reported having filled a prescription for painkillers in the previous two years and that up to a quarter of them were battling long-term addiction, the following safer methods are suggested for treating chronic pain :
1. Keep warm : Wearing enough layers of clothes will help you stay warm and keep your joints from getting too cold, which can be a relief.
2. Regular exercise : Exercising on a regular basis will keep your joints flexible and elastic. Furthermore, it increases blood flow and aids in joint lubrication. For the sake of avoiding injuries, warm up before your routine.
3. Preserve a healthy body weight : Weight gain during the winter months can be caused by changes in dietary habits and a decrease in physical activity. Major joints like the knees must bear a heavier strain as a result, which can aggravate joint discomfort. In order to reduce pain, one should lose weight.
4. Balanced nutrition and hydration : Dehydration can lead to weariness and muscle soreness. Keep up a healthy hydration intake. For the health of your bones and joints, you need to eat a healthy, balanced diet that contains enough of the critical minerals you need, like calcium and vitamin D. Refined carbohydrates, processed foods, and excessive amounts of salt and sugar should be avoided. Talk to your doctor about taking supplements if you believe your diet isn’t providing you with adequate calcium and vitamin D.
5. Applying heat to relieve hurting joints can be soothing, whether it’s through the use of a hot water bag or an electronic heating pad. Muscle relaxation is another benefit of warm baths. The use of ice packs rather than heat fomentation is advised in cases of severe injuries or sprains.
6. Getting a massage or having acupuncture.
7. Stretching regularly, tai chi, or moderate yoga.
8. Using naproxen or generic or brand-name ibuprofen available over-the-counter (such as Aleve or generic).
We regularly employ dry needling as another efficient strategy to manage chronic pain. In order to block the transmission of pain signals, our pain management professionals place a sequence of needles that resemble thread at predetermined locations on the skin.
Keeping up with the cold temperature can be difficult for the ones who are already battling with some disease. Taking preventative measures early can benefit them from inducing more pain.