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The Link Between Summer Heat & Joint Pain

Does Warm Weather Cause Joint Pain?

For many people, summertime is the best time of year. The weather is warm, the days are long, and there’s plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities. However, for those who suffer from joint pain, summer can be a difficult time. The hot weather can aggravate pain and make it more challenging to get relief.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer regarding the link between summer heat and joint pain. While the exact cause is unknown, some theories may help explain why joint pain seems to worsen in the summer months.

Increased Humidity

One theory is that the increased humidity in the air can lead to swelling and inflammation in the joints. Temperature sensitivity is common for patients with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia — some being sensitive to hot weather and some being sensitive to colder


Tightened Joints

Another theory is that the heat can cause the muscles and tendons around the joints to tighten, leading to pain. Heat cramps are a common painful spasm during movement in hot environments.

Tips for Pain Relief

Whatever the cause, there is no denying that summer heat can make joint pain worse. If you are suffering from joint pain, there are some things you can do to help ease your symptoms.

Stay Cool

First, try to stay cool as much as possible. Avoid being outside in the heat for long periods and dress in light, loose-fitting clothing. If you must be outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible.

Stay Hydrated

Second, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. This will help keep your body temperature and prevent dehydration, which can worsen joint pain. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water daily — if not more!

Stay Active

Finally, try to keep your joints moving. Exercise or stretching can help keep the muscles and tendons around the joints loose, which can help reduce pain. Some activities that may help include yoga, swimming, or going for a brisk walk.

Read More: 8 Helpful Tips for Pain-Free Summer Travel

Seek Relief For Your Joint Pain

By staying cool, hydrated, and active, you can help to make summer a little easier on your joints. However, these changes may not be enough to keep your pain at bay altogether.

If you’re struggling with chronic joint pain, book a consultation with one of our affiliated providers at National Spine & Pain Centers.

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