Researchers find no link between joint pain and weather
People often blame weather for symptoms associated with back pain or achy joints, but a new study has suggested that weather plays no part in symptoms associated such aches.
The new study, conducted by the George Institute for Global Health, refuted the widely established thought that changes in the weather, including temperature, pressure of air and humidity, trigger episodes of back pain and arthritis.
Prof. Chris Maher, who led the study, said that the belief that cold weather triggers episodes of back pain and arthritis is not based on facts.
Explaining his point of view, Maher said, “But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views. Humans … take note of pain on the days when it’s cold and rainy outside, but discount the days when they have symptoms but the weather is mild and sunny.”
The researchers studied the cases of nearly 1000 individuals with lower back pain and 350 with knee pain. They compared weather conditions at the time the patients first noticed pain with the weather a week and a month before the start of pain as a control measure.
Results of the study, which was conducted across Australia with average daily temperatures ranging from 5.4 degree Celsius to 32.8 degree Celsius, showed no link between back or knee pain and weather conditions.