“This damp weather plays havoc with my joints”

I am sure we have all heard this many times and indeed many of us will have said it to.  Is it true or is it just an old wives tale?

Changes in the weather have been blamed for many aches and pains and how they change, including back pain, arthritis and headaches. Sadly though new research has concluded that there is no link between pain levels and weather conditions.

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Chris Maher who was involved in the new back pain study, which was published in the journal Pain Medicine, says: “People were adamant that adverse weather conditions worsened their symptoms, so we decided to go ahead with a new study based on data from new patients with both lower back pain and osteoarthritis.

Maher and colleagues focused their research on lower-back pain – the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition, affecting up to 30% of the world’s population at any given time.

“The results though were almost exactly the same – there is absolutely no link between pain and the weather in these conditions.”

A link between bad weather and back pain has been recorded since Roman times, the researchers say – even Hippocrates observed that illness can be affected by seasonal change.

The new work supports the results of a 2014 study, also by the George Institute, which received backlash on social media because it countered the beliefs of so many people.

Two papers published by The George Institute for Global Health at Sydney University interrogated the widespread theory that cold weather and rain can exacerbate pain. Read more…