Opinion is divided when it comes to the possibility that cold weather worsens chronic pain syndrome. Find out what we think in our blog.
Any pain that lasts for longer than a period of 12 months is classed as chronic pain and for sufferers, it means constant pain everyday. As we say goodbye to summer and hello to the cold wintery months, we are discussing the topic of chronic pain syndrome and the weather, providing sufferers with some useful tips to follow in order to feel comfortable during the cold.
Although various studies have shown little or no correlation between chronic pain syndrome and various weather factors, including temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and wind speed, chronic pain sufferers have a different story to tell; a study of 800 Europeans with osteoarthritis found that 67% experienced increased levels of pain during cold weather.
One thing that can help chronic pain disorder sufferers when the temperature drops is heat therapy, something that can be introduced into a daily routine to decrease stiffness and improve circulation. For full effectiveness, heat therapy products should maintain their heat, preferably at a warm temperature; if the heat is too hot, it will do little to improve comfort and could instead cause painful burns.
Here are some ideas for introducing heat therapy into your daily routine:
Apply heat directly to the painful area by using a warm towel or heat pad. Doing this for a short period of time may be enough to temporarily relieve pain.
For some, something as simple as swimming in a heated indoor swimming pool or taking a hot bath can relieve pain.
Hot water bottles tend to stay warm for 20-30 minutes and are a great way to apply warm heat to a painful area.
Heat wraps are available in most supermarkets or pharmacies and can retain heat for up to 8 hours at a time.
All in all, the weather can be unpredictable but, when the temperature starts to drop, there are steps that chronic pain disorder sufferers can follow to feel comfortable and at ease. If heat therapy and light exercise doesn’t work for you, contact your GP for medical advice.
If you suffer from chronic pain as a result of a trauma or accident, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out more, get in touch with our team to discuss your claim today.
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