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Can My Knee Predict the Weather?

Summit Orthopedics sheds some light on why some people’s joints seem to predict weather changes.

We get a lot of weather in Minnesota, with all four seasons represented and bone-chilling, snowy winters. Weather patterns tend to change often, with sun and rain dancing back and forth. But some arthritis sufferers don’t need a meteorologist to tell them when the weather’s about to change: their achy knees do it for them. So, can your knees really predict the weather?

Can my knee predict the weather?

Anecdotally, patients frequently report that their joints, particularly their knees, are more symptomatic before weather changes or cold weather. Patients report more achiness, more swelling, and sometimes a throbbing sensation. It can happen before it rains, or before the weather gets colder. Some “weather-predicting” joints seem to respond to changes in barometric pressure, while others flare up in response to significant temperature changes.

Getting relief from a weather-predicting knee

So, assuming that you can’t move to Florida or some other warm, sunny place, what can you do? How can you reduce the pain, stiffness, and swelling when your weather-predicting knee is flaring up? The good news is, you can use the same at-home remedies that you use for arthritis pain in any other situation. Some examples include:

In short, any regular measure that you would otherwise do to relieve your arthritis symptoms can help when your knee — or other joint — is flaring up because of weather changes.

If you’re finding that your knee symptoms continue to worsen, or you have more bad days than good, talk to your Summit provider. There are other treatments that can help.

When to seek treatment for your arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. Start your journey to healthier joints. Find your arthritis expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

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