The link between a decline in temperature and the onset of joint discomfort
During this time of year, there is a clear link between the drop in temperature and the worsening of existing symptoms. In cold weather, the body conserves heat by sending more blood to the heart and lungs, which are located in the core of the body. Blood arteries in the arms, shoulders, and knee joints tend to tighten as a result. As a result of the reduced blood flow, those areas become colder and stiffer. This results in increased stiffness and joint pain, particularly in the knee."Each year, we notice an increase in the number of senior individuals seeking treatment for joint replacement," says Dr. Rajeev Verma, HOD, Joint Replacement, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Manipal Hospital in Delhi.