Living here in Colorado I hear a lot of predictions regarding the weather based upon how a person’s joints feel on any particular day. Patients will come in and tell me that it is going to rain/snow because their joints are “acting up.” Do you have a similar experience with your patients? If so, how do you tend to respond? Either way, I recommend giving this a read:
The authors of this study looked at static weather measurements and their relationship to knee pain, and ultimately found no statistical significance in the relationship of weather and knee OA pain. I have noticed that when the barometric pressure has a rapid change is when my patient’s joints tend to “act up” more vs. a slow steady change in pressure. What’s your experience with patient pain related to the weather? Reach out on Twitter if there’s anything you want to discuss, and if interested in exploring topics like these and much more in person, take a look at our upcoming comprehensive manual therapy courses!
**Abstract of the week shared by NAIOMT Instructor Stacy Soappman, PT, DSc, COMT, FAAOMPT.