Some seniors may joke that they can predict a foul weather front based on their joint pain. Of course, things are only funny until the onset of arthritis and shoulder pain symptoms. No one is really sure why such weather seems to make pain symptoms worse for arthritis patients, but most experts agree the aches are real, as reported by North Jersey Media Group.
One patient advocate believes that it is one's reaction to the cold, not the weather itself, that can be responsible for aggravated symptoms.
"They shiver, they tighten up their muscles and they don't exercise as much," said Peggy Lotkowictz, vice president of Mission Delivery for the New Jersey Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, as quoted by the news source. "They stay inside and become guarded, all the while losing their range of motion. But the cold itself, in general, does not make arthritis worse."
Other experts believe that physical activity, such as yoga or aquatic workouts in a heated pool, can help alleviate pain by strengthening the muscles. So if you feel like exercising some place warm and sheltered from winter weather, consider looking for a New Jersey yoga studio.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 23 percent of American adults have arthritis, adding up to 51.9 million individuals!