As far back as 400BC the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates noted that the weather may have an effect on chronic conditions and in the far east, ‘rheumatism’ is translated as ‘wind-wet disease’.
There is a growing body of scientific research being conducted into the link between colder weather and chronic pain and the jury is still out as to the extent of the link. However, there is certainly a large amount of anecdotal evidence and it is a common issue that patients bring to us here at Chapman Physiotherapy.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the major causes of joint pain amongst the over 50s. Indeed, it is estimated that 50% of all 65 year olds have been diagnosed with OA at some point in their lives. The condition causes a deterioration of the cartilage in joints and makes movement difficult and extremely uncomfortable.
Thankfully, there are ways to help combat the painful symptoms brought on by OA. Hands on physiotherapy, that is, physical manipulation of the joints by your therapist, and acupuncture are both popular techniques used to help patients overcome painful symptoms. Both of these treatments are offered by therapists at Chapman Physiotherapy.
Maintaining mobility is another important element in a campaign to combat painful OA symptoms. At Chapman Physiotherapy we are fortunate to have some exceptionally talented and highly qualified personal trainers who would be delighted to create a bespoke exercise plan for you that focuses on building and maintaining mobility in affected joints.
So if the cold weather is starting to bite at your joints don’t despair because there are steps that you can take to tackle the symptoms. Call us today, arrange an appointment and find out how what our experts can do for you.