If you are having joint pain conditions, then you are probably aware of the alteration in pain conditions due to seasonal changes. Studies in the field of Orthopaedics have found a relationship between joint pain and weather changes (especially in winters) in people with arthritis. Orthopaedic experts have agreed upon the factors affecting joint pain including differences in temperature, increase in humidity, and precipitation. Apart from the seasonal changes, joint pain symptoms also get worsen due to over-exercising, bone spurs, stress, repetitive motions, trauma to the joint, etc. so it is more important to take active steps to limit the pain and joint damage.
A report on experiences of joint pain patients states that they experienced acute pain when the weather was either rainy or sharply humid. Apart from the winter season, for some people, rain levels and even air pressure during the spring cause an increase in joint tenderness and pain. One cannot avoid these seasonal changes and moving to a different climate is also not that easy. But managing the joint pain amid seasonal changes is an effective way. Here are some helpful ways to overcome the joint pain symptoms:-
1) Regular Exercise:
Being active is a proven way to ease your joints pain alongside improving your flexibility and range of motion. Exercises also help the patient to build muscle and bone strength, which eases the pressure and prevents injury. Exercises that can help relieve the pain, joint stiffness & other symptoms are walking, stretching, flowing movement, yoga, cycling, water exercises, etc. Performing gentle stretches before exercising is also recommended for patients with joint pain.
If you aren’t sure which exercises are helpful for you having joint pain, be guided by physiotherapists from Kailash Hospital, Dehradun. Further, it is recommended to consult an Orthopaedics specialist before starting new exercises especially if you have had a joint replaced or surgery. Specialists will advise you in detail on which movements you should limit and avoid.
2) Maintain A Healthy Diet:
Apart from performing regular exercises, the patient has to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Consuming a nutritious diet and keeping regular hydration are recommended for patients with joint pain. Good nutrition not only helps the patient heal quickly but also gets the strength back. Patients are asked to maintain a diet that includes: fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, or other sources of protein.
3) Ensure Proper Hydration:
A lack of hydration is found to contribute to joint pain. In case a patient notices mild pain in his or her joints, then a regular additional water intake is found effective in providing relief. It should be noted that drinking just one glass of water may not be well-enough. One needs to increase the overall water intake each day to see the regular benefits of hydration. While hydration is not a cure for your joint pain but it can be beneficial in easing symptoms. Not only does this natural remedy help the joints, but the overall health of the patient can be benefitted from it.
4) Try Massage Therapy:
Taking massage therapies is one of the ways to overcome seasonal symptoms. Moderate pressure massage helps relieve pain and could be a soothing addition to one’s treatment plan. Patients with joint pain are recommended a deep tissue massage to help them relax their tense muscles as well as stiff joints. Experts have warned of deep pressure or high heat which could actually make the pain and swelling worse. The patient has to ensure that during the massage you do not feel any pain.
5) Consult an Orthopaedic Specialist:
Patients with joint pain, especially chronic pain must take consultation with an Orthopedician for the proper diagnosis & treatment. The department of Orthopaedics at Kailash Hospital, Dehradun has successfully treated several patients of joint pain through medication apart from knee, hip, elbow, shoulder replacement and revision surgeries. The department has state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced Orthopaedic doctors in Dehradun who are abreast with recent advances in the field of Orthopaedics and serve the community while keeping in mind the social and economical structures of the society.