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.
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If arthritis is limiting your activities, a physical therapist can help.
A physical therapist (PT) can help you get moving safely and effectively.
Physical therapy focuses on the body’s ability to engage in movement. Movement can be anything from getting in and out of chairs to climbing stairs, walking in your neighborhood, playing a sport or doing recreational activities.
Goals of physical therapy in arthritis include:
improving the mobility and restoring the use of affected joints
increasing strength to support the joints
maintaining fitness and the ability to perform daily activities