Many of us who suffer from osteoarthritis notice changes in pain as the colder months arrive. Some even say they can tell when it’s going to rain from the pain in their knees! Whether scientifically true or not, it’s good to know that there are ways to manage your pain this winter that require only small changes in lifestyle.

1. Dress for success
If it’s cold outside, keep aching knees warm with an extra pair of thermals or tights. Wear lots of layers in order to control comfort level when temperatures shift throughout the day.

2. Hydrate
Staying hydrated is important in more ways than one, and even mild dehydration might make you more sensitive to pain.

3. Watch Your Weight
It’s important to maintain a healthy weight and keep a physically active lifestyle. As activity levels go up and weight goes down, arthritis tends to improve—even in cold weather. Even a simple walk through the mall can lead to a more active lifestyle.

4. Soak In Warm Water
Swimming in a heated pool is both great exercise and soothing to joints. No access to a pool? Don’t worry, you can also get relief from warm baths.

5. Supplement Vitamin D
Low levels of vitamin D might play a role in how sensitive you are to arthritis pain. You’re less likely to get enough vitamin D from sunlight in the winter, so talk to your doctor about your need for supplements or vitamin D-fortified foods.

While it’s not been scientifically proven that cold weather increases joint pain, it certainly seems to be a popular complaint. If you’re experiencing pain during these colder months, be sure to try these helpful tips to manage, or call us today on 020 7118 1771 to book an appointment with one of our leading pain consultants.