How The Summer Heat Affects Arthritis

Posted on August 6th, 2020 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

While summer is a great time to have fun, be active, and go on new adventures, not everyone is able to enjoy the beautiful season as much as everyone else. People living with arthritis already understand the pain and discomfort associated with the condition, but did you know that the summer heat can contribute to even more intensified pain and inflammation in the joints? 

It’s true; the high summer temperatures can leave individuals with arthritis in more pain and discomfort than usual, making it tough to enjoy all that summer has to offer.

Why Does The Heat Affect Arthritis

Our joints have sensory nerves that respond to changes in temperature. When the temperature and humidity levels go up, the joints’ fluid levels can increase and result in increased inflammation, pain, and discomfort. You may also experience stiffness or laxity in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, making it difficult to move around.

Tips For Dealing With The Heat 

Luckily, there are a couple of ways individuals with arthritis can reduce the impact the heat has on their joints and makes the pain and discomfort worse than it needs to be. Here’s what you can do:

  • Stay indoors – Spending time inside, with air conditioning, will help regulate the temperature and humidity levels that can affect your arthritis. Too much time outdoors can lead to overwhelming amounts of inflammation of your joints.
  • Stay hydrated – Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Sugary and caffeinated beverages can actually make you more dehydrated and won’t help you stay cool and refreshed.
  • Go for a swim – One of the many joys of summer is taking a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Swimming is a great, low-impact exercise to keep your body fit, and as well is a fun and beneficial way to relieve some pressure on your joints.
  • Wear loose, natural fiber clothes – Wearing clothes that are loose and made of cotton or linen allow your body to breathe, evaporate sweat easier, and stay cooler.

Arthritis doesn’t have to ruin your summer!

Orthopaedist in Connecticut

If you suffer from arthritis, have an injury, or are in pain, give the Orthopaedic Specialty Group a call at (203) 337-2600 and let us know how we can help you!