Don’t Dread the Cold: Tips to enjoy the season with Osteoarthritis

As the temperatures quickly drop with the approach of fall, your sense of dread rises. Thinking about icy wind hitting your joints, while frigid cold water soaks up your socks, makes your knees ache in anticipation. Any joy you may have felt about sweaters and pumpkin spice is completely overshadowed by your Osteoarthritis (OA) pain.

Never fear! Osteoarthritis pain can be managed and relieved during the fall and winter months by carefully following a few simples steps.

Layering is Key!

Ditch the skinny jeans and the tight jackets; with OA, try looser fitting clothing to avoid increasing any kind of irritation by becoming too cold. Mittens, hats, scarves and turtlenecks are encouraged, as they will help ensure that exposed, sensitive areas stay warm.

Find an electric blanket or quilt.

The weight, as well as the temperature, will help to keep you from getting cold while sleeping. This will not only help you to sleep more fully, but also to keep your extremities at an even temperature to avoid soreness.

Cut back on the outdoor activities…

Do you like to spend time outdoors? During the fall and winter months, it may be better to limit these activities and sub-in gentle, indoor exercise activities to keep from over-exerting your joints.

… and treat yourself indoors!

Wrap your hands around a warm mug of hot cocoa or tea, and snuggle up to the fire. The warmth of the beverage will help to warm and sooth your OA from the inside, while also being delicious!

How can I learn more tips and information?

Unfortunately, although these tips can help sooth OA symptoms, they are not long term solutions. Physicians at New England Research Associates are constantly seeking out the best long term solutions for Osteoarthritis treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, you may be eligible to participate in clinical research study. Qualified candidates will receive study-related care and medication at no cost, as well as receive compensation for travel. To learn more on how you can be involved, CLICK HERE. Enjoy your favorite sweater weather!