Weather may be to blame for winter aches and pains


Doctors have been unable to pinpoint the actual connection between biology and meteorology.

Yet, it sounds like superhuman qualities--the power to tell the future.

That's because changes in barometric pressure could have a tiny effect on your body.

Doctor Travis Richardson says there's no solid evidence, but several patients believe their aches and pains are brought on by the weather.

"From a testimonial standpoint, the weather does seem to have a big effect on pain and complaints. It has a big effect on what people perceive as arthritic pain."

Tissue expands against joint when atmospheric pressure drops, causing swelling and discomfort.

Cold winter weather can also thicken joint fluid, causing cramps and restricting movement.

This comes as no surprise to Ollie Jackson, who's been battling arthritis pain for several years.

"Anybody can tell that's got arthritis that something's happening. Like a low pressure or high pressure, there's a difference in the way it makes your arthritis feel."

Jackson says it's not so much the change in temperature--it's mostly pressure and humidity.

Doctor Richardson says joint swelling occurs at such a small scale that it cannot be detected or studied.

However, bone rubbing against bone after cartilage has worn away will cause agony in any weather.

"I don't think you can dispute what that many people are saying, I just don't think there's clear evidence that suggests or proves definitively those changes in temperature or the atmosphere will hurt or create more pain with arthritis."

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