How Weather Affects Arthritis

It’s April, and April means spring showers. While rain may be good for May flowers, it’s not so good for those with arthritis.

If you have arthritis, you know that any change in weather can affect your joints, but why does it happen?

Well, when the temperature changes, the barometric pressure changes. Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere around us.

To understand how the pressure affects joints, think of them as balloons. When there is high barometric pressure, it pushes against the body from the outside, not allowing tissue to expand. But when there is a drop in the pressure, tissue can expand and put pressure on the joints.

One way to combat arthritis pain when the weather changes, is to use compression braces. A compression brace holds that part of the body in place, so the tissues will not be able to expand and strain on the joint.