April Showers bring more than flowers
Changes in barometric pressure can cause expansion and contraction of tendons, muscles, bones and scar tissues, resulting in pain in the tissues that are affected by arthritis.
The notion that weather or seasonal changes affect rheumatic diseases, especially symptoms of RA, has been prevalent and are often suggested by patients as causes for changes in joint related symptoms.
The main message for people with arthritis facing a change in seasons is to consider what effects the weather change has had on them in the past. One key issue is to figure out how to maintain your exercise program for arthritis when the weather changes make this difficult.
Think about how much and what type of exercise you need to keep your joint function at its best, and how you can make this happen even if the weather prevents your usual walks.
Got the April Aches?
Find ways to keep yourself moving despite the weather!