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Have you ever noticed that your pain levels seem to increase when it’s raining outside? I never quite understood the sensation until I started pushing 50. Many individuals report experiencing more pain and discomfort during rainy weather. The exact reason for this increase in symptoms is not yet fully known. Several theories have emerged to explain why rainy days can exacerbate pain, particularly in individuals with conditions such as arthritis.

One idea suggests that changes in barometric pressure, which occur during weather changes like rainy days, may be a contributing factor. Barometric pressure refers to the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us. When the atmospheric pressure drops, such as before or during a rainstorm, it creates a decrease in external pressure on our bodies. This change in pressure can potentially affect the mechanoreceptors and tissues in our joints, leading to increased pain and discomfort. Another idea notes that rainy weather is often associated with some drop in temperature. When the temperature decreases, our muscles and joints tend to contract, which can cause stiffness and aggravate existing pain. Cold temperatures may also decrease blood circulation to the joints, reducing the delivery of nutrients and oxygen, and slowing down the removal of waste products. These factors can contribute to heightened pain perception.  Humidity levels can also play a role in rainy day pain. High humidity can make the air feel heavy and damp, which could increase joint swelling and stiffness, making movement more uncomfortable. Damp conditions can also promote the growth of mold and fungi, which may trigger allergic reactions or worsen existing conditions and contribute to pain and discomfort. While the connection between rainy weather and increased pain is not yet fully understood, we do know that it causes increased pain and stiffness.  Over the years of patient care, this is a consistent finding with patients on rainy days.  They typically hurt more.  Here are a few tips that may help.

  1. Dress in layers to keep your body warm and maintain a comfortable body temperature. I find light thermal clothing to aide on days when it is not cold enough for thicker clothing but it’s still cold enough to make you uncomfortable.  Wearing warm clothing, using blankets or heating pads can help relax muscles and joints, easing pain and stiffness.
  1. Activity is important for maintaining joint flexibility and strength. Perform low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, or stretching to promote circulation and help with stiffness. Consult with a professional to determine appropriate exercises for your specific condition.
  1. Experiment with hot or cold therapy to find out which works best for you. Applying a warm compress or taking a warm bath may help relax muscles and ease pain, while cold packs can numb the area and reduce inflammation.
  1. Eat a balanced diet with appropriate amounts of protein, stay hydrated, and prioritize getting enough sleep. Sleep is when your body heals and repairs.

If your pain levels significantly increase during rainy days or persistently affects your daily life, consider consulting with a healthcare professional. They can provide a proper diagnosis, offer treatment options tailored to your needs and suggest pain management techniques specific to your condition. Seeking professional medical advice can provide you with the necessary support and guidance.

— This article is written by Aaron Workman, DC, one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Kentucky.










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