Woman stretching during her winter run

5 Ways to Minimize Joint Pain in Cold Weather

Many people deal with worsening joint pain in cold weather, while what causes this is unclear. Try the following tips to decrease joint pain during the winter months.

  1. Exercise – Cold weather can make any of us more sedentary, which leads to joint pain. Your joints need lubrication from exercise to prevent pain. Too cold to exercise outside? Come up with an indoor exercise routine. Join a gym, work out at home or exercise in a heated pool!
  2. Eat healthy – Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K and vitamin C can all decrease inflammation and the joint pain that comes with it. Eating healthy will also help you lose weight, which relieves some of the pressure you put on your joints. Avoid the temptation to turn to “comfort food” in the winter months – your joints will thank you.
  3. Wear layers – Keep your joints, muscles and ligaments warm by dressing in layers.
  4. Stretch – To combat joint stiffness, work in a good stretch every day. Try a hot yoga class during the winter to stretch and keep warm.
  5. Get a massage – Some of your pain might be coming from the muscles around your joints. Treat yourself to a spa day and it just might reduce your pain.

If your joint pain continues, schedule an appointment with POA to find out what’s causing your pain and to discuss the best treatment options for you.

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