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Five Ways to Ease Joint Pain in Winter

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Steven Lisser, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.
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You often hear people say that they can predict the weather based on the pain in their joints. While researchers are still looking into why a change in season can increase joint pain, medical experts agree that it is a true ailment, particularly for arthritis sufferers. If you are one of those people, these tips might help:

 

  1. Take supplements: Studies have shown that supplements such as fish oil, chondroitin, glucosamine sulfate and Vitamin D can help to relieve joint pain by nourishing cartilage and helping to lubricate joints. Be sure to check with your physician before taking any supplements.
  2. Stay warm: Dressing in multiple layers and keeping your core warm can help to minimize joint pain. Warm showers and baths can also help to soothe aching joints.
  3. Stay active: Maintaining an exercise program is important for keeping joints healthy. Low-impact aerobics such as walking on a treadmill, using an elliptical, or practicing yoga to help enhance range of motion are all great, as is incorporating weights to strengthen joint-supporting muscles.
  4. Maintain a healthy diet: Diet plays a significant role in healthy joints. Certain foods such as omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamins C and K can help to keep joints healthy, while foods high in omega-6 fatty acids and refined grains may have a negative consequence. It’s also crucial to stay well-hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will keep joints cushioned and lubricated, helping to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
  5. Lose weight: Overweight individuals are more likely to experience joint pain. Losing weight can have a significantly positive impact on the amount of joint pain a person experiences.

 

In some cases, following these tips won’t help to lessen joint pain and medical intervention, such as surgery, might be necessary, but even following a couple of them could be very beneficial.

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