Does Rain Really Flare Up Your Knee Osteoarthritis?

The surprising answer is actually NO!

There are plenty of patients that come in and tell me that it’s going to rain because of their knee aches or that they are extra stiff because of the damp weather. A 2016 study seems to dispute the common complaint.

In the study, 350 patients diagnosed with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis were followed for 3 months. They were asked to log in their pain levels on the study’s website on a daily basis as the researchers attempted to find a link between flare-ups and relative humidity, air pressure, temperature, and rain.

In a nutshell, this study did not find that changes in weather are risk factors in the exacerbation of knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

It is still possible that some patients feel worse in certain weathers but for the majority of people seems to have little effect.

Does osteoarthritis have you feeling achy and stiff? Give Peach Physiotherapy a call at 159-358-7342 to book a 60-minute 1-on-1 assessment to find out how we can help!

Ferreira ML et al. The influence of weather on the risk of pain exacerbation in patients with knee osteoarthritis – a case-crossover study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016 Dec;24(12):2042-2047.