Arthritis symptoms: The four symptoms that can worsen in winter

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Why is arthritis worse in the winter?

A 2019 study led by consultant rheumatologist Professor Will Dixon at the University of Manchester found that ‘damp and windy weather’ can have an adverse effect on arthritis sufferers.

Results from the study concluded that on days with low atmospheric pressure (cold, wet weather), arthritis sufferers are 20 percent more likely to experience more painful symptoms.

Versus Arthritis added: “Barometric pressure may affect your joints more than humidity, rainfall and temperature.”

As the atmospheric conditions change with the weather, human bones, muscles and tendons can expand and contract, which is thought to have a direct effect on the amount of fluid which can ‘oil your joints’.



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