Monsoon malady: Foolproof strategies to manage arthritis pain during the rainy season | Health.

ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Monsoon can be a challenging time for individuals with arthritis, as the changes in weather often worsen joint pain and stiffness. While the relief from the heat is welcome, the impact of monsoon on joints can steal peace of mind and hinder daily activities.

Monsoon malady: Foolproof strategies to manage arthritis pain during this rainy season (File Photo)
Monsoon malady: Foolproof strategies to manage arthritis pain during this rainy season (File Photo)

Arthritis, characterized by joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness, can significantly impact one’s daily life. Many people experience exacerbated arthritis pain during monsoon due to the fluctuating weather conditions.

Dr. Pramod Bhor, Director of Orthopedics and Robotic Joint Replacement Surgeon at Fortis Hospital in Vashi, highlighted how monsoon affects joints and worsens arthritis pain:

  • High humidity in monsoon leads to fluid accumulation in tissues around the joints, causing stiffness and discomfort that may progress to joint issues.
  • Atmospheric pressure changes in rainy weather can induce inflammation, triggering arthritis symptoms like swelling and reduced mobility. Temperature variations during monsoon affect joint fluid consistency, increasing pain and stiffness.
  • Reduced physical activity due to heavy rains can result in immobility, muscle weakness, and joint discomfort.

Dr. Bhor recommended essential tips to manage joint pain during monsoon, including:

  1. Exercise indoors: Engage in daily indoor exercises such as walking, gymming, or Yoga under professional guidance to prevent joint pain and maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Wear appropriate shoes: Protect joints from moisture by wearing waterproof footwear and using an umbrella to stay dry. Avoid prolonged exposure to damp areas.
  3. Try heat and cold therapy: Utilize warm compresses, heating pads, and ice packs to alleviate joint pain and inflammation. Consult a doctor before using hot and cold therapies.
  4. Maintain proper hydration and diet: Stay hydrated to lubricate your joints and consume omega-3 rich foods like fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds to reduce inflammation and improve joint health.

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