Why does cold weather make joints sore?

Joint pain is among the most frequent types of pain. The main causes of joint pain are trauma and acute and chronic arthritis. Usually joint pain is associated with disturbed function of the joint, ranging from restricted movements to disability.

The scientific evidence is conflicting. Some studies find a strong relationship between short, cold, damp days and arthritis flare-ups. Research from Tufts University suggests changes in barometric pressure worsen knee pain in people with arthritis, while colder temps can cause painful changes in joint fluid thickness.


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Why does cold weather make joints sore?

There is a psychological link: people who claim the weather affects their joints do feel more pain than those who don’t make these claims. If weather sensitivity was a purely physical phenomenon, then people would be affected whether they believed that the variability was related to the weather or not. But a 2007 study also found that every 10°C drop in temperature resulted in worse arthritis pain. This may be because cold weather causes changes in the fluid that lubricates each joint.


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