The warmest months of summer are almost here, which is welcome news for those who enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately, summer heat and humidity can also wreak havoc on those with existing joint conditions or chronic pain. In fact, there are many ways in which increased heat and humidity can cause joint pain.
Lower Joint Lubrication
Hotter temperatures make you more prone to dehydration, which can result in a lack of lubrication and increased friction in the joints. For those who already have joint problems and similar issues, this can lead to serious pain and inflammation.
Lack of Activity
When the temperatures outside become sweltering, it’s natural to want to engage in as little physical activity as possible. A lack of activity can also worsen joint problems, thus making inflammation and pain even worse because joints become increasingly stiff when they aren’t being used.
Battling Joint Pain
The good news is that there are steps you can take to battle joint pain during the hot summer months. One of the best things you can do, for example, is to stay as hydrated as possible. Anytime you leave your house, be sure to bring plenty of cool water with you and drink it often. This will help to keep your body hydrated, thus improving lubrication in your joints and cutting back on joint friction when you move.
To combat pain caused by lack of activity, try to remain active at least five minutes out of every 20-25 minutes that you’re outdoors. The key is to get those joints moving so that they don’t become stiff, even if being active just means standing up and walking around instead of sitting. If you’re worried about overexerting yourself or breaking a sweat, consider bringing along a handheld fan or some cold water. Your joints will thank you!
Are you suffering from summer joint pain in the Jacksonville or Orange Park areas? If so, schedule an appointment with Arthritis & Osteoporosis Treatment Center today. Dr. Meera Oza and Dr. Douglas Roane specialize in providing quality care and have helped patients manage their symptoms related to autoimmune disorders for over three decades.