It’s quite a common belief that the high air pressure or bad weather phenomena can cause joint pain, especially in people who have suffered trauma like breaking a leg or an arm. However, according to new studies, the weather is unrelated to why people experience joint pain and general bone aches.
The two new studies from Australia were conducted by researchers from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney. The scientists compared weather data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to various people’s report of joint pain or any other type of general aches. Overall, both studies discovered no correlation between weather events and the reports of pain issued by the participants.
One study which was published in the journal Pain Medicine in December 2016, included almost 1,000 adults which experienced low-back pain. For their study, the researchers gathered data on patients which reported this type of pain from doctors across Sydney. More specifically, the data consisted of patients reporting pain in their lower back in the last few days before their doctor’s visit, despite being pain-free for at least a month before it started to act up again.
Scientists then compared the reports of pack pain to the weather data up to a month earlier, when the patient did not experience any pain. They discovered that their pain was not associated in any way with several weather conditions such as air pressure, wind speed, precipitation or humidity.
The second study published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage in December 2016, analyzed data regarding the knee and joint pain of around 350 people. The patients were required to report how severe their knee pain was on a scale from 1 to 10 at the start of the study. Every 10 days from then and over the course of three months, they were asked to report their pain as well as any intense periods of pain.
The scientists the compared the flare-up periods of pain experienced by the patients with the weather parameters specific to those periods. As a result, they did not find any strong association between the two factors much like the first study.
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