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Why is arthritis worse when it's cold?

During the winter months, cold weather can negatively affect our hands – especially for those with pre-existing conditions such as arthritis.

It is not entirely known why arthritis is affected by cold weather but there is a theory that because the cartilage is worn down in the joint, the nerves are more exposed to changes in barometric pressure, or that we generally move less when cold which results in joint stiffness.

How can I relieve joint pain from arthritis?

- Try to keep warm by wearing gloves, layers and having warm baths.
- Take anti-inflammatory medication
- Maintain a healthy balanced diet and exercise the joints to increase muscle strength
- Try to avoid overusing the hands to reduce inflammation build up

What are the treatment options for arthritis?

- Steroid injections can help to reduce inflammation
- Surgery to shave the top surface of the bone off
- Joint replacement surgery


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