Cold weather can really do a number on the already painful aches of arthritis. Below are a few tips to finding arthritis relief this winter.

  1. Dress Safe and Warm
    Keep aching hands in gloves, add layers over knees and legs. If you’re going outside wear solid, supportive shoes with good treads and avoid icy surfaces.
  2. Stay Hydrated
    Even mild dehydration might make you more sensitive to pain. You can also find relief from a warm bath or swimming pool, but don’t go right out in the cold afterwards – let your body’s temperature normalize a bit.
  3. Stay Active
    Winter seems like a great time to “hibernate” but staying active can really help your arthritis. Many people find that as their activity levels go up, and weight goes down, their arthritis improved. Try to come up with an indoor exercise plan – treadmills or elipticals, or even a walk at the mall.
  4. Take your vitamins
    Low levels of Vitamin D could be adding to your pain. There are many other supplements that have been successful in helping with arthritis pain as well, from fish oil to acetaminophen. Consult your doctor to find the right thing for you.
  5. Seek treatment
    Visit a doctor, get a massage, try acupuncture, or participate in a clinical trial – find what works for you.

Rochester Clinical Research has several currently enrolling clinical trials for those suffering from arthritis. See if you qualify today!