Monsoon is a joyous time of the season for many as the rains are refreshing and bring the greenery back to life. This is also a season of sorrow for some as along with the rain, comes joint pains. People with bone disorders and those aged above 60 find this as the season to complain, however, joint pain can affect others, too.
Causes of joint pain during monsoon
There is a proven study that says people with arthritis and bone-related problems complain of pain during monsoon more than other seasons — Barometric pressure is the culprit. Barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds you and when this pressure is high, it keeps the tissues in your body from swelling. However, when the pressure drops – just before it rains – tissues expand and cause pain.
Another reason why pain is increased during monsoon is the higher humidity levels, which causes the blood to thicken — this increases the blood pressure, in-turn making the bodywork harder, and ultimately resulting in dehydration, which decreases the concentration of fluid around the joints, thus causing pain.
How to manage joint pain in monsoon?
One of the most important remedies to manage joint pain during monsoon is to exercise. Regular stretching and physical activities will keep such pain in check while stretching twice a day are highly recommended. Sitting for long hours is something to avoid.
If work demands long hours of sitting, ensure you stand up and walk every half an hour. Also, if your room is air-conditioned, it only aggravates the pain, hence, ensure you get some kind of physical activity such as walking or stretching every 30 to 40 minutes.
Other causes that can add to the pain include one’s weight so work on it. Keeping one’s weight in check helps a lot as weight puts a lot of pressure on your joints, increasing the pain. Also, ensure your diet consists of Vitamins, especially Omega-3 fatty acids.
When to see a doctor?
When nothing else works and the pain has lasted for more than three weeks, it is classified as chronic pain. This means a doctor’s visit is essential. The doctor might advise on carrying out a blood test to figure out the problem, while also advising one to change their diet, or change their lifestyle, which might include physical activities or even physiotherapy.