Ah, the brutal winter season. The majority of us Canadians aren't too fond of the nuisances that come along with the bitter cold weather and snow – but we do put up with it, nonetheless! With that said, there is a particular condition that many of us suffer from that tends to worsen during the taxing winter months: Arthritis.
Arthritis affects roughly 16% of Canadians every year, with Osteoarthritis being the most common form of the condition. The harsh winter weather is notorious for increasing arthritic pain in many people. But why do our joints act silly when the weather gets chilly? Well, the colder temperatures have an ability to shrink tissue and aggravate nerves – causing an increase of pain in the joints. In addition, the decrease in physical activity that is often influenced by the winter season can stiffen the joints, leading to increased discomfort.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that takes place when the cartilage lining of the joints' bones, which allows for the easy gliding action of the joints as well as lubrication - wear down and become cracked and pitted resulting in pain, decreased joint mobility and stiffness. All joints can be affected by Osteoarthritis, however, the weight bearing joints such as the low back, hips and knees are more prone to wear and tear. That's why it's the most common form of Arthritis and it usually lingers in the winter.
Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to manage your arthritis pain during these long, cold months! Below are some strategies and techniques that have proven effective for many:
The Advanced Therapeutic Centre (ATC) offers many services to effectively treat stubborn arthritic symptoms in patients, especially in cases of Osteoarthritis when the protective bone cartilage wears down. The treatment provided by the Chronic Pain Doctors at ATC for Osteoarthritis relieves the pain and stiffness in the joints, and is proven effective, natural and cost effective.
Have you been suffering from the unforgiving pains of arthritis this winter, and haven't been lucky in managing your symptoms at home? If so, please book an appointment with the ATC today for a consultation with Dr. Don. We're here to help!