Why Do I Hurt More When It Rains?

There IS a correlation between muscle and/or joint pain on a rainy or humid day due to the fact that our bodies are 80% water… and when the barometric and atmospheric pressure drops, it changes the water pressure within the muscles and joints. So if there is less joint space due to arthritic conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, facet hypertrophy, arthrosis or any trauma areas, you may hurt or ache a little more on damp, rainy or cold days. Some people are affected more than others. This is why certain people move to Arizona where it is dry and minimal barometric changes in the atmosphere. Here are some things you can do to get through a rainy day if you are hurting:

  • Use ice or heat while you are lying on your back with your knees bent.
  • Walking is good if you are able in order to loosen up muscles
  • Light stretching to improve muscle circulation and movement
  • If you aren’t already on the schedule for treatment you can come in… we will make your back feel better:)

Watching your back,
Dr. Kenneth Zammito

 

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