Protecting Your Joints From The Cold

Young woman using heating pad at home As the temperature drops, you may have noticed that your joints have been giving you more trouble than usual. If you find yourself in this situation, you can take comfort in that you’re not alone. Joint pain affects millions of people yearly, and symptoms like stiffness and inflammation can worsen with cold weather. But you can use a few tricks to relieve joint pain this winter. Here are some ways to care for your joints and beat the cold.

Stay Active

Cold weather and aching joints may knock physical activity far down your list of favorite things, but it’s still crucial. Physical activity like walking, cycling, or swimming can help strengthen the areas surrounding your joints, helping them be more stable and giving you some pain relief. Although cold weather may dampen your desire to go outdoors, you can adopt an indoor exercise regimen that can still help ease your pain without exposing you to the elements. 

Also, keeping your body in motion can be a great way to help keep off winter weight gain, as extra weight can increase the pressure your joints feel. Stay active to help your joints and your waistline this winter.

Heat Therapy

If you haven’t tried heat therapy, such as warm baths or a heating pad for your joints, wintertime may be the ideal time for you to start. Not only is heat therapy an excellent way to get cozy, but it can bring some much-needed relief to your joints by helping them relax, providing you comfort, and reducing inflammation. Also, if you wish to go the route of soaking in hot water, adding Epsom salt can bring another layer of comfort and relaxation to put your joints at ease.

Speak to A Professional

Sometimes, conservative methods aren’t enough to bring long-lasting joint pain relief. If you find yourself in this situation, it could indicate that you have an underlying condition that requires a professional opinion to treat. The dedicated specialists at the Vascular Institute of Virginia are happy to help you. You can schedule a consultation at one of our three convenient locations to meet with a specialist that can help address your condition. Please call us today at 888-522-3483.

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