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Cold Weather And Joint Pain

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From trick hips predicting rain to knees slipping on wet concrete, weather has a strange effect on the body’s moving parts. This is especially the case for lower back pain sufferers. Patients often report that pain seems to get worse each winter, especially when the temperature goes below freezing. Some people may wonder what is actually happening to cause these sudden, weather-related flare-ups. The name for this type of condition is called “cold allodynia.” Science has not discovered the actual cause or reason for this condition. Nonetheless, it ensures that cold weather has positive and negative effects on back pain.


Positive and Negative Effects of Cold on Back Pain


-Stretches are important during cold weather to keep the body loose and limber. It is easier for someone to injure himself or herself during cold weather. To decrease this risk, staying flexible and stretching will help to keep the back strong and lithe.

-The pain could be the cause of muscles encircling the nerves. Cold weather can make the muscles contract and tense up. Tense muscles tighten around nerves in cold weather and the result is back pain from trapped nerves.

-Research shows that the cause of back or joint pain may be related to barometric pressure. There are a number of receptors in the body’s nerve endings. These sense changes like temperature, texture, and pressure. In spite of this, the nerve endings may also be sensitive to changes in barometric pressure in the air and react in some individuals with a pain response.


-Back pain relieved by cold laser therapy consists of a non-invasive small level laser treatment that produces an independent wavelength of light. There is no vibration, sound, or heat. Cold laser therapy is thought to influence the function of connective-tissue cells, act as an anti-inflammatory agent, and speed up connective tissue repair. FDA-approved lasers are utilized to guarantee a patient’s protection and comfort.

-Using cold therapy can relieve back pain and muscle tension in the first stages after the pain begins. Cold or ice placed on the back can decrease inflammation and swelling by constricting blood-vessels. In addition, the cold performs by slowing nerve impulses and makes it less probable that the muscles will contract, thereby lessening pain.

-Cold assists with numbing sharp pain and decreases inflammation. Using cold therapy can also complement meds and self-care.


Many individuals wonder if they should use heat or cold to ease their back pain. The response from many doctors is “whatever feels best.” It seems that the body has a mind of its own and one of the initial signs that a self-help treatment for pain is working is how the treatment feels. If cold feels good, then he or she should use cold. However, at times, especially when the pain worsens during cold weather, it might be better to use heat.

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