Can Arthritis Flare Up

Uncomfortable Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis symptoms like pain and swelling can ramp up in the summer.
Arthritis is no fun any time of year, but flares can happen more frequently in the summer, making those hot months even more unbearable. Despite the pain, swelling, and stiffness, you still have to get up, go to work and take care of yourself and your family. Fortunately, you can find relief from uncomfortable symptoms with a few self-care steps and understanding what causes painful arthritis flares. Innovations Stem Cells can also help mitigate flares when the temperatures rise.

Why Does Arthritis Get Worse in Summer?

If your painful arthritis seems to flare up in summer, the reason is that hot and humid weather makes your joints more prone to swelling. The more swelling that happens in your joints, the more painful your joints will become. Another reason your symptoms spike is that changes in barometric pressure also have an impact on your joints. When the pressure changes – and it happens a lot in Texas during the warmer months – it can cause nerve receptors in your joints to become more sensitive, tighter, swollen and stiff. You may not know this, either, but your ligaments, muscles, tendons and other connective tissues can expand with the changes in pressure, too. This makes joints extra painful.

Treatments for Painful Arthritis

One way to help reduce the effects of temperature changes on your joints is to stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces of water every day. Why does staying hydrated matter? If you’re dehydrated, the synovial fluid in your joints is not replenished. This means your bones are not cushioned during movement, which can result in pain. What You Can Do In addition to drinking more water, you can try eating an anti-inflammatory diet and becoming more active. Yes, getting more active may sound counter-intuitive, especially if you’re in pain, but moving more often can help strengthen your joints and ward off painful symptoms. Be sure to get cleared by your physician first before starting any exercise routine, but we recommend low-impact exercises like walking, yoga, bike riding, and swimming.

Stem Cell Therapy for Painful Arthritis

Another way you can reduce your painful arthritis symptoms is to try stem cell therapy from Innovations Medical.  Innovations Medical provides stem cell procedures for arthritis and pain and both our Dallas and Fort Worth practice locations. Stem cell therapy has been useful for some people living with arthritis in reducing their painful symptoms.  See our blog on understanding stem cells Understanding Adipose-Derived Stem Cells  and What are Stem Cells?, and our web page on Arthritis Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis

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