Doctors have advised on how to ease joint pain in winter
Many people associate the onset of winter with the New Year and Christmas holidays, walks in snowy streets, or ski resorts. Unfortunately, winter can also bring unpleasant surprises, such as the exacerbation of certain chronic diseases. For example, the drop in air temperature affects joints and muscles and can cause knee or back pain. Eating healthy, exercising, and staying warm can help alleviate seasonal ailments.
The change in atmospheric pressure in winter can cause bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments to expand, leading to pain and discomfort. Orthopedic specialist Kevin Baidoo, MD, shared with Northwestern Medicine effective ways to improve overall joint health.
Maintain your weight: Excess weight puts excessive pressure on your joints, causing strain, so maintaining a healthy body weight will help avoid overloading them.
Eat a healthy diet: A balanced diet that includes proteins, healthy fats, and fiber will prevent joint pain. At the same time, an excess of processed foods on the menu can cause inflammation.
Be active: Over the years, a person's physical activity decreases, leading to a deterioration in the general condition of the body. Dr. Baidoo advises not to give up physical activity, and in winter, to move indoors to maintain joint health. In addition, it is advisable not to give up doing physical exercises that train your bones, muscles, and tendons.
Dress warmly: It will be useful to protect your joints from the cold. Warmth warms up your muscles, making them more elastic and ready for activity.
Of course, chronic joint diseases require constant monitoring and compliance with medical recommendations, but following simple tips in everyday life will help prevent deterioration and prolong a full life.
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