Do you hurt more when it’s cold? Perhaps.
When I was younger, one of my close relatives often complained of aches and pains in his back and joints as he got older. One thing I noticed is that his complaints picked up when the seasons changed from summer to fall to winter.
I didn’t make the correlation back then, but today I see anecdotal evidence every year: the advent of colder temperatures often leads to more Americans complaining about pain, from knees to lower back to joints. This is true in Greater Cincinnati or Columbus or Covington. Where we live, moderate temperatures have lulled us into a false sense of security that cold weather would be held at bay, but we know better. Temperatures are now dipping near the freezing point, but they don’t have to go that low to understand pain can feel worse.
Some researchers see a link between a change in barometric pressure and a rise in complaints about joint and back pain. And while we have not been able to discover a definitive link, it’s an issue worth discussion. In my office, we might see a slight uptick in patients seeking pain management solutions during cold-weather months. This is especially true for workers who have to venture out into the weather and some of our older patients.
While I welcome the opportunity to help you manage your pain as cold weather approaches, I have some advice that may help you put off seeing me until another day.
We know it feels like cold weather seems to lead to complaints of aches and pains in all kinds of places. It’s important to do the things that will mitigate the potential for pain and discomfort, and help you feel better when the mercury drops over the next few months.